(AllHipHop News) It took nearly a week, but according to CNN the Ferguson Police Department will officially reveal the name of the officer that killed Michael Brown. The hacktivist network Anonymous claimed to have already found and published the officer’s name, but authorities say that information was inaccurate.
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— Julian Cummings CNN (@JulianCummings) August 15, 2014
There was another major development in the situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the last day. Heavy-handed police tactics against protesters were not used overnight. Gov. Jay Nixon put Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of security instead of local police, and the federal Justice Department assisted in handling protests.
Nixon placed African-American Capt. Ronald S. Johnson in charge of the SHP’s involvement. Johnson, a native of the area, was seen walking with protesters, and he set up a media staging area for journalists covering the story.
According to reports, police did not use SWAT teams, riot gear, tear gas, smoke bombs, and rubber bullets in the city like had been done in previous days. Also, no journalists were arrested for simply doing their job of reporting the news from the town.
“We are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we’re in this together,” said Johnson.
The protests in Ferguson began after a local police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The officer’s account is that the two struggled over his firearm which led to the shooting, but witnesses at the scene stated Brown raised his hands in the air before being shot multiple times in the street by the officer. The recent high school graduate was unarmed at the time.