Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Sunday that he didn’t know surveillance video that police say shows 18-year-old Michael Brown stealing a box of cigars was going to be released.
Nixon appeared on numerous news shows to speak about the events in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was shot and killed by white police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Ferguson police have said Wilson didn’t know the unarmed teen was a suspect when he encountered Brown walking in the street with a friend. Brown’s death has sparked ongoing protests, some violent, in the suburban St. Louis community.
The Democratic governor told ABC’s “This Week” that he was not happy with how the Ferguson police released the video on Friday.
“It appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw,” Nixon said.
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Nixon also “disagreed deeply” with Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson’s timing of releasing the video, he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“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,” Nixon said.
Nixon brought in the Missouri Highway Patrol for security on Thursday after local officers faced criticism for using tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters in the first days after the shooting. Nixon also imposed a curfew Saturday.
“People need to grieve and they need to speak, but we also need to keep the rule of law and peace, and I think we need to balance all three of those,” he told CBS' “Face the Nation.”
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Nixon spoke about the dual investigations into the shooting being done by the St. Louis County prosecutor and the U.S. Justice Department.
“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,” Nixon said.