Florissant, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is promising changes in the tone of the police response to protests in north St. Louis County following the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Nixon told the media that were on hand that he would be making an announcement later in the afternoon addressing the investigation of the incident.
However, just moments earlier U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill posted on her Twitter feed that the governor was planning to remove the St. Louis County Police from the investigation.
Speaking to a gathering at the Christ the King church in Florissant on Thursday morning, Nixon told the crowd, “We must make sure that justice prevails. Without fear or favor we are going to find the truth.”
“We need to allow folks who want to express their energy in the appropriate way to have the absolute right to do that. Because we will not get the healing that we all need if the only response from the public is you all just be quiet,” he said.
Nixon says he doesn’t have a problem with the protests as long as participants are mindful of their neighbors and their neighbor’s property.
“It doesn’t much matter to me how respectful it is, it just got to be safe. People got a thing to say they ought to be able to say it. And if people in the news media want cover stuff and take pictures of things they ought to do it. We live in a free country,” Nixon told the crowd.
The speech was carried live on News 4 and KMOV.com.