Brown family attorneys address Nixon remarks at news conference Thursday

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)- The family of Michael Brown and their attorneys held a press conference Thursday morning in response to Governor Jay Nixon.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray spoke on behalf of the family.

According to Gray, the family wants to associate themselves with the governor's statements and reiterate his denouncement of violence, looting and rioting in the name of Michael Brown.

The attorneys are calling this a defining moment for the governor and the state of Missouri. They don't believe the case should have been taken to a grand jury.

“The family is at the mercy of this office. They are praying that they are giving Michael Brown Jr. due process," said Crump. 

The conference was held outside of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in downtown Clayton around 9:30a.m.

The attorneys said very little about the doctor who performed a private autopsy on Michael Brown's body.

On Tuesday, November 11th, Governor Jay Nixon outlined a plan to deal with the possibility of protests. Some have been critical of the use of riot gear and the National Guard during past protests.

The governor says the National Guard will be on stand by and more than 1,000 law enforcement officers have received more training.

More than $100,000 dollars has been spent on more riot gear.

The governor's were a big topic during press conference.

A doctor who performed a private autopsy testified before the grand jury on Thursday as well.

Dr. Michael Baden will likely be one of the final voices the grand jury hears before deciding if Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will face criminal charges for shooting Brown to death.

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