FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Questions remain the day after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon put the Missouri highway patrol in charge of security in Ferguson. In fact, the governor warned this journey could still be bumpy.
It is peaceful in the heart of Ferguson. Protestors are chanting and holding signs but not impeding traffic. Officials have been speaking to media and to some citizens throughout the day. Critics including the St. Louis County Police Officers Association tell us last night was not entirely violence free. One County officer, who was not allowed to don his riot gear was struck by a brick and injured while in the protest area. A citizen was shot and a photographer was beaten up.
Thursday night, with Missouri Highway Patrol Officers in charge, no tear gas was used. Officers did not wear riot gear and no protestors were arrested.
"Last night was a great night..great night. There were no calls for service. We did not deploy tear gas; we did not have any road blocks ; we did not make any arrests it was a good night People were talking, people were inspiring each other people were getting their voices out we were communicating a lot better." said Captain Ron Johnson. "Last night was a great night, great night. There were no calls for service. We did not deploy tear gas, we did not have any road blocks, we did not make any arrests. It was a good night. People were talking, people were inspiring each other people were getting their voices out. We were communicating a lot better."
"what I did was release the video tape to you because I had to. Too many people put in FOI requests and I had to release that tape." said Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
"People are angered it had to be today. At the same time you released the officer's name . It appears to be a justification for the shooting." asks reporter Betsey Bruce.
Chief Tom Jackson respond, "I understand that. But, consider if I just released that tape and didn`t release the officer`s name. There would be similar questions."