Some answers provided by Nixon, other officials provide little comfort in Ferguson


by Staff

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 4:58 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – The Missouri Highway Patrol may be in charge of security in Ferguson, but it is not involved with the investigation into Michael Brown Jr.’s death.

At a press briefing Friday morning, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson promised justice for Mike Brown. Johnson also pledged to keep communication open with the people of Ferguson.

“When this day’s over, a lot of people will be gone. The people behind you will be here, I’ll be here,” Johnson said.

Johnson was met with cheers from those watching in person.

“I commend him and stand with him 100 percent,” said Florissant resident Michelle Foster.

Nixon faced tough questions from a skeptical, frustrated community.

“Why was your response to this situation delayed?” someone asked. “What took you so long?’

Both Johnson and Nixon ensured the calm approach deployed on Thursday would remain in place.  Johnson was unable to answer questions that were raised about the investigation into Brown’s death.

“I have not seen the video, I was watching the news this morning when I heard it came out, so it would be hard for me to comment on that,” Johnson said.

Johnson said there was a breakdown in communication between himself and Ferguson police.

“Until they give them what they want, they’re going to be out here and we don’t know how long it’s going to be,” said Ferguson resident Lana Carson.