Missouri state governor to pull St Louis County Police from duties in Ferguson

by The Daily Lede

In what could possibly be a road to state or federal involvement to the unrest in Ferguson, MO this week, state governor Jay Nixon has confirmed that St Louis County Police will be pulled from there duties in Ferguson.

With the situation in Ferguson deteriorating by the day, the municipality is now resembling a war zone with armed tactical units firing tear-gas and non-lethal ammunition at protesters.  Wednesday also saw the arrest of two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, who were detained then released during their assignment.

Speaking to Bloomberg news, Rep Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri) said, “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.”

No word was given to Rep. Clay by the governor whether St Louis police would be replaced by state or federal authorities, but the FBI has acknowledged it’s involvement in the investigation of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday.