Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that the Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over security and crowd control for the protests in the wake of the racially-charged shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

This follows widespread alarm over the military-style police response to the demonstrations near St. Louis, some of which have turned violent. reported:

Nixon says the security will be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Johnson, who is black, said he grew up in the community and "it means a lot to me personally that we break this cycle of violence."

Watch a clip from the news conference above.

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