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State police take over security in Ferguson, Mo., with 'softer' stance
State police take over security in Ferguson, Mo., with 'softer' stance

After several nights of tense street confrontations, state and federal authorities stepped in Thursday to curb the aggressive tactics of local police against demonstrators protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon dispatched the State Highway Patrol to take over security in Ferguson, promising "a softer front" to law enforcement after images of police wielding automatic weapons, flash grenades and tear gas drew stunned reactions from across the country. "Ferguson will not be defined as a community that was torn apart by violence but will be known as a community that pulled together to overcome it," Nixon said at a news...

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