BREAKING: St. Louis County Police To Be Relieved Of Duties In Ferguson By Missouri Governor
RT.com is reporting that, following days of heated protests in response to the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday;
“The governor of Missouri will reportedly relieve St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, paving the way for possible state or federal intervention.”
The news broke when US Representative Lacy Clay (D) confirmed to Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News Thursday morning that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D), will be pulling county police from their duties in Ferguson;
“The gov. just called me and he’s on his way to St. Louis now to announce he’s taking St. Louis County police out of the situation,” Rep. Clay told Derek Wallbank, a reporter for Bloomberg, early Wednesday.
RT also goes on to report:
The FBI has previously acknowledged that it is investigating Saturday’s shooting death, and Rep. Clay issued a statement on Monday with other members of Congress urging federal agents to expand their probe.
“In light of the foregoing developments, we ask the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting of Michael Brown, looking at both the facts of the specific incident as well as the potential for any pattern or practice of police misconduct by the Ferguson Police Department,” reads a portion of the statement, signed by Reps. Clay, John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio).
The clashes between police and protesters have been heated, following looting and continued standoffs. Police have repeatedly used tear gas to disperse what have reportedly have been otherwise peaceful demonstrations. Many have decried the paramilitary posture of the police, with some saying the city looks like a “war zone.”
The Ferguson police department has still not released the identity of the officer involved in the tragic death of the unarmed black teen, prompting many to claim the the department is involved in a cover-up.
Multiple witnesses told CNN that they saw Brown being shot in the back as he was running from the officer. Brown then stopped and turned to face the officer with his hands in the air. The officer reportedly kept shooting until the teen fell face down in the street.
Journalists from both The Huffington Post and the Washington Post were briefly detained while covering the events, prompting Huffiinton Post reporter to write:
“Police militarization has been among the most consequential and unnoticed developments of our time, and it is now beginning to affect press freedom.”
Watch raw footage of the clashes via You Tube:
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