Missouri takes control of security away from Ferguson police
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 01:30
Missouri's governor tries to calm days of racially charged protests in Ferguson over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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NATS - "Hands up! Don't Shoot!"
Ferguson, Missouri, braces itself for a fifth night of protests Thursday, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last weekend.
Since then there have been peaceful demonstrations and vigils -- as well as episodes of looting, vandalism and violence.
Some have accused Ferguson police of using heavy-handed tactics, including tear gas and pepper pellets to break up crowds.
Baptist minister Dinah Tatman said she was goaded by one officer.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BAPTIST MINISTER DINAH TATMAN SAYING:
"He wanted to taunt me to resist and when I said you don't know who I am, he took my arms, and yanked. Oh, are you trying to resist? I said, don't do it."
Earlier, Missouri's governor announced that he was putting Captain Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol in charge of security.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE HIGHWAY PATROL CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON SAYING:
"I grew up here, and this is currently my community and my home. And therefore, it means a lot to me personally that we break this cycle of violence, diffuse the tension, and build trust."
Ferguson is a mostly black town of 21,000 with a predominantly white police force.
It has been accused of racial profiling in the past.
Police have pledged to do better but have also justified their tactics, saying they have responded to the threat of violence during protests.
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