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Missouri Highway Patrol to Take Command in Ferguson

August 14, 2014  | 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has removed the St. Louis County Police Department from Ferguson command and handed reins over to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Nixon said Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol will be in charge. St. Louis County officers will still help, but will not be the leading agency, KMOV TV reports.

"I grew up here, this is my community and my home, therefore it means a lot to me personally that we break the cycle of violence, ease the tension, and build trust, showing the utmost respect for every interaction with every citizen," Johnson said. "Moving forward, I'm confident that the patrol and police resources present will do just that. We are here to serve you. I understand the anger and fear the citizens of Ferguson are feeling and our police officers will respect both of those."

Comments (14)

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Lenny @ 8/14/2014 1:59 PM

Well this should be interesting.

Ric Walters @ 8/14/2014 5:20 PM

Damn glad he trusts local law enforcement so much. Were I the Chief of either Ferguson or St. Louis County PDs, I'd tell the Governor to stick it. Typical liberal busybody, less concerned about threats to cops than how his voter base perceives him.

MLT @ 8/14/2014 5:40 PM

You're just loving all this aren't you Lenny? Somehow you get your jollies just thinking about this case. You're probably sitting in front of your computer with a bowl of popcorn and fruit juice giggling waiting for the next post. I know this because you are always the first to write something. Get a life!

Joe @ 8/14/2014 5:46 PM

Sounds like he has the Obama syndrome. Haven't these people ever heard of local control? State and federal need to stay in their lane.....

westcoastleo @ 8/14/2014 5:52 PM

***Johnson said. "Moving forward, I'm confident that the patrol and police resources present will do just that. We are here to serve you. I understand the anger and fear the citizens of Ferguson are feeling and our police officers will respect both of those."***
HEY JOHNSON, These savages are not citizens, they come from the criminal element and love the violence and looting. JOHNSON, you are here to SERVE ALL of us not just the criminal element who are the problem. Who takes over after they fire bomb you for 7 days?

Boston @ 8/14/2014 6:20 PM

Another dumb move by a politician. All this PC crap is going to kill this country. I wish someone in this great country would wake up and right this country. The most thankless position in the USA being an LEO, constantly walking a tightrope to do a job protecting the people who dump all over you, First chance they get.

kevCopAz @ 8/14/2014 7:27 PM

I agree, typical Obama style on the part of the Gov, step in without any facts push big government and "we will fix it all". Bet the Justice department (Holder) will jump on this, but not the W/M killed by PD the next day or the hate speech and calling for violence by the Black Panthers, yes the same ones NOT even investigated or prosecuted by Holder reference interfering with voters. If I were the Ferguson PD I would step out and dump it all on the Feds and the State and let them "fix" it and take the blame when it is proved that perhaps the "victim" was the cop and not Mr. Brown. Then let the Gov and the Feds explain the truth of what happened. The only problem with this approach is can we trust Holder and Co (and Liberal Gov to actually do a fair and impartial investigation? Doubt it. Im aa glad that the better part of my LEO career is behind me and I can quit this 2ed retirement gig anytime. Being a LEO now is thankless, hopeless, dangerous and the benefits are going away!

Clint @ 8/14/2014 8:02 PM

Sen. Rand Paul penned a thought-provoking op-ed on the situation in Time magazine.

"If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off," Paul writes. "But, I wouldn't have expected to be shot." He goes on to make the case for a demilitarization of the police in America within the framework of a broader criticism of "big government"; "Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies — where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement. When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury — national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, pre-conviction forfeiture — we're doomed...

JB @ 8/14/2014 8:33 PM

I'm a citizen. Ric Walters, Joe, westcoastleo. Highway patrol could be a good thing now in that it's not the feds, however it came about. In the bigger picture we don't want 'them' running weapons and psy-ops operations here, I wouldn't think. I only support strictly constitutional policing. I don't like occupation armies.

830.1PC Retired @ 8/14/2014 8:41 PM

This month makes three years I have been retired from a Central California Sheriff's office and the change in the last three years is worse than the 30 years before them. I pity the guy's I worked with who are still out there outgunned, understaffed and not appreciated by the people they serve or the Administration they work under.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/14/2014 11:44 PM

What a spineless governor Missouri has, now all the black people have to do is loot and riot and they will get their way. All this for a black punk that had no respect for the law. I guess the next 2 years with Obama, will be hell.

Don @ 8/15/2014 6:28 AM

As we know as active or retired police officers, police officers are expendable. Without knowning any facts of this shooting, this officer who used letheal force, whether justified or not, will be thrown under the business. My heart goes out to the officer who is involved in this incident as he may become another law enforcement pawn to appease soceity and become another law enforcment political victim if not prisoner.

Bill @ 8/15/2014 6:36 AM

Is anybody aware of any historical precedent where a governor stepped in and removed policing power from a local department?
This didn't even happen in the L.A. riots in the 90's. The National Guard was called in, but they worked WITH the local agencies.

Mike @ 8/15/2014 10:39 PM

I know Captain Johnson from when we went to the FBI NA 256 together. He is an honorable man and a good leader. Obviously this city needs a fresh leader from an outside agencies. Ron is just the man to help bring leadership and control back to a very tragic situation. So be mad at the governor and whom ever but Captain Johnson is the man for the situation.

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