Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) made the rounds of the Sunday morning talk shows this week to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
On August 9, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in this St. Louis suburb, sparking a week of unrest in the community. This finally lead to Nixon’s order on Friday that the local police be placed under the authority of State Police, in an attempt to relieve the tensions between the community and authorities.
One thing that Nixon expressed displeasure with in each appearance was the decision by the Police chief in Ferguson to release a video that purports to show Brown in a confrontation with a convenience store clerk over a stolen box of cigars.
Whether the suspect shown in QuikTrip’s surveillance camera footage even was Michael Brown is highly disputed.
Nixon said that the only reason for releasing the video at this time was to disparage Brown and that it had been done in spite of requests from that Justice Department and his office that it not be made public at this time.
Nixon told George Stephanopoulous on ABC’s This Week:.
“It appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw.”
On NBC’s Meet the Press, he said that he “deeply disagreed” with Police Chief Thomas Jackson’s decision to release the video:
“Rest well assured that we’ve had very serious discussion about that action and how much we thought it was not the right way to handle the victim’s family.”
On CNN’s State of the Union, Nixon spoke about his confidence in the dual investigations now going on citing the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder had sent an additional 40 FBI agents to Ferguson to assist in the investigation calling on the public to be patient he said:
“There’s a tremendous of angst about the facts in this case. … But it’s important that the prosecutors and the Justice Department get this right and I think we need to as a community focus on peace to get justice.”
Watch Gov. Jay Nixon slam Ferguson Police.
h/t: Weasel Zippers