Missouri Highway Patrol’s security plans for Friday

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 6:00 PM

(KMOV.com) – The Missouri Patrol told News 4 they expect their security detail for Friday to be similar to the plan that was implemented Thursday.

Thursday night was marked by peaceful demonstrations with minimal troopers on the street. Officials said they will be stepping up patrols only if necessary.

“We’re going to give people their space,” said Sgt. Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Nothum said no additional troopers will not be in Ferguson Friday night. Nothum said the majority of officers will remain at command post, along with armored vehicles and riot equipment, unless they are called into action.

“At this point we’re anticipating everyone being on their best behavior,” Nothum said.

Since Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson was appointed as commander for security in Ferguson, interactions have been peaceful.

However, threats of violence have been floating on social media.

“Of course we’re going to have a lot of troopers on standby but we’re not going to be out there in force like previous evenings,” Nothum said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and get it out of their system. We’ll be there if they need us.”

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