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While Bernard Kerik, a former New York City Police commissioner, said the show of force was too excessive while protestors peacefully demonstrated, he said the police have a responsibility to protect personal property.
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After days of heavily armed police patrolled the streets of Ferguson with a heavy hand and periodic use of force, Nixon ordered Missouri State Highway Patrol to take over the police response on Thursday.
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The head of the Highway Patrol, Capt. Ronald Johnson, is African American and from the area. He took a different approach than police and dramatically softened the aggressive stance.
Democratic Rep. Rep. Mike Rogers, R Michigan, also agreed that the reaction of police to protests was imbalanced.
"It appears that they may have reacted a little quickly on that force continuum when they decided to deal with . the protesters," he said on CBS News' "Face the Nation."
Ferguson police were 'aggressive'
"Thousands of people spoke last night. Thousands of people marched and not a single gunshot fired by a member of law enforcement last night, and the members of community (were) tremendous helpful last night to get through what could have been a very difficult night," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
On police militarization in general, Kerik said the increased militarization of the police started in the 1990s during the height of the war on drugs and continued after the 9/11 attacks and has continued because of mass shootings in schools and public places.
Nixon also criticized the Police Department's release of a convenience store surveillance video that shows a man fitting Brown's description allegedly stealing a box of cigars just before Brown was killed.
Nixon is the latest politician to criticize police tactics that created a war zone atmosphere in Ferguson, a town of 22,000 near St. Louis.
relief that the Justice Department is conducting its own investigation into the young man's death on August 9.
"And in those situations where folks are rolling up heavily armored and they're pointing guns at folks, that's Nike Sb Janoski Summit White impossible to have a dialogue," Nixon said.
"You can't let thugs take over the city. We saw that the other day. The police had to respond," he said on CNN, referring to instances of looting.
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Nixon appeared on most of the political talk shows on Sunday, calling the tactics of the St. Louis County Police "aggressive" and expressed Nike Janoski Hazelnut
"There are times when force is necessary, but we really felt that push at that time was a little aggressive, obviously, and those images were not what we were trying to get to," he said on ABC's "This Week," referring to the policing using heavily armored military vehicles.
"It's absolutely needed," he said.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday the situation needs to be "demilitarized," and on the same day, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is considering a presidential run, released an opinion piece on Time's website saying many police departments around the country are too militarized.
offered praise for members of the community who have been protesting Brown's killing during an encounter with police.
Despite a shooting that left one person wounded and the arrest of seven people after a midnight curfew went into effect Saturday night, Nixon said the curfew was implemented peacefully and mostly without incident.
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