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MO Governor appears to drive message against officer in Ferguson shooting case

Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, seems to be driving the narrative in the shooting death of Ferguson resident, Michael Brown. In a video statement released yesterday, the governor called for prosecution of the officer who shot the 18 year old.

Jay Nixon
State of Missouri

“A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

Governor Nixon, also a former Missouri Attorney General, made these statements preceding a grand jury hearing that is expected later today.

It would appear the governor has supported this stance from his first involvement in issue. On Sunday, he appeared on Face the Nation and accused Ferguson Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, of attempting to tarnish the reputation of Michael Brown by releasing a video of the young man robbing a convenience store just minutes before he was shot by police.

"When you release pictures and you clearly are attempting to besmirch a victim of a shooting, shot down in his own street, a young man, and at the same time you're releasing information...to tarnish him, then properly, there was a lot of folks that were concerned about that, and I do think it flamed it back up and has caused us to have to deal with some of that."

The governor also appears to misrepresent the level of violence in his interview with Bob Schieffer as he called for the National Guard to come in and patrol the area just the next day.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

"Nixon, who had declared a state of emergency for the town on Saturday and ordered that the streets be cleared for a curfew that ran from midnight to 5 a.m., said the National Guard would fall under the supervision of the Missouri Highway Patrol."

Investigations of the shooting are in no short supply as Eric Holder lands in St. Louis to meet with officials, this afternoon. Holder has requested a federal autopsy and is also monitoring an FBI investigation of the incident.

The family has commissioned a private autopsy in addition to the county coroner’s autopsy, stating they don’t trust the authorities to conduct an unbiased investigation.

"We don’t trust the authorities in our community. We want our own answers.”

The family is being represented by Benjamin Crump, who also represented the Trayvon Martin family.

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