posted at 20:50
Author Name: Hunter Walker
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Ferguson Verdict Reaction
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement on Monday evening hours after it was announced a St. Louis County grand jury would not indict a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager earlier this summer. In his remarks, Nixon asked for "Peace to prevail" during any protests. "While the twelve men and women on the St. Louis County grand jury have concluded their work, the rest of us have much more work to do in order to use the lessons we have learned these past four months to create safer, stronger and more united communities.," Nixon said. Nixon encouraged protesters to remain peaceful in his response to the verdict. "As we continue to await word on the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing investigation, I urge all those voicing their opinions regarding the grand jury's decision to do so peacefully," said Nixon. After the initial protests in Ferguson this summer, Nixon was accused of being absent from the city as police responded to the demonstrations. Prior to the verdict on Monday, Nixon announced a variety of law enforcement agencies would be available to respond to protests including National Guard troops who would be available for "Contingency planning." "My commitment to the people of the region and state is this: I will do everything in my power to keep you safe and protect your right to speak," Nixon said.

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