Missouri State Highway Patrol Take Over Ferguson Security

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks about the unrest in the town of Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown to residents and faith and community leaders during a forum held at Christ the King UCC Church on August 14, 2014 in Florissant, Missouri. Brown was shot an killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, has experienced four days of violent protests since the killing.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks about the unrest in the town of Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown to residents and faith and community leaders during a forum held at Christ the King UCC Church on August 14, 2014 in Florissant, Missouri. Brown was shot an killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, has experienced four days of violent protests since the killing. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will assume control of security in Ferguson, according to a statement made by Missouri governor Jay Nixon at a press conference on Thursday. The announcement comes after another night of chaotic protests in the St. Louis suburb was met with heavy-handed police force. According to the New York Times, the highway patrol will "direct the officers providing security and crowd control during protests."