Civil Liberties

Missouri Highway Patrol Put in Charge of Ferguson Response

The war-zone approach didn't work for the governor.


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the state Highway Patrol to take over security in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb roiled by four nights of unrest over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

The governor moved after police came under intense criticism for their handling of the protests, including firing tear gas into crowds on Wednesday night and arresting two reporters.

Nixon said that Ferguson in recent days looked "like a war zone, and that's unacceptable."