Sen. McCaskill Says Gov. Nixon Will Pull St. Louis County Police Officers Out of Ferguson

by Greg Pollowitz

Gov. Jay Nixon will pull St. Louis County police out of Ferguson after four days of angry protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Sen. Claire McCaskill confirmed on Thursday.

Nixon traveled to Ferguson Thursday to meet with church and community leaders about the unrest.

“It is my understanding that the county police will be taken off the investigation,” the Democratic senator said.

“The police response needs to be demilitarized, ” she said after meeting with clergy. “I think the police response has become part of the problem as opposed to being part of the solution. We all got to take a deep breath and realize that the vast majority of people protesting have a constitutional right … They are my bosses and I want to make sure they have an environment of safety and respect.”. . .