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Highway police take control over all police operations in Ferguson

Speaking to the press on Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Thursday that he has directed the state's Highway Patrol to provide security to the town, where outrage continues to erupt following the officer-involved shooting and killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager, on Saturday.

"We've all been deeply troubled by this crisis," Nixon said, adding that the current crisis unfolding in the state "is not what Missouri is about." He acknowledged that Ferguson looks "like a war zone" lately, and said, "We need to rebuilt the trust that's been lost" in the wake of Brown's death and the use of police force on demonstrators.

Nixon added that the Highway Patrol's involvement will not affect the responsibility of those involved in conducting investigations into the killing of Brown and the protests that have taken place since his death. He confirmed that the Department of Justice is conducting a parallel investigation.

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