Embattled Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) answered charges from ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on Sunday morning’s This Week about the over-militarization of local and county police forces in response to protests over the shooting of Michael Brown.
Nixon said he was “thunderstruck” by images of what he called “over-militarization” of police earlier in the week, leading to his “unique” and “unprecedented” decision to replace local police with highway patrol — a decision that momentarily called tensions before they rekindled two nights ago.
“Instead of ratcheting down, it brought emotion up,” Nixon said of the armored vehicles and heavily armed police.
“In those situations where folks are rolling up heavily armored and pointing guns at folks, it’s impossible to have a dialogue,” he said. “There are times when force is necessary, but we really felt that the push, at that time, was a little aggressive, obviously. And those images were not what we were trying to get to. People are legitimately upset.”
Nixon said “a solid step forward” was made Saturday night, with few arrests and no shots from police.
Watch the clip below, via ABC News:
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