McCaskill: 'Demilitarize' Cops' Response in Ferguson
Obama calls for calm as Anonymous claims to ID officer
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2014 12:37 PM CDT
A march organized by area ministers takes place in Ferguson on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

(Newser) – The unrelenting protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of Michael Brown clearly have the full attention of Washington now. Both President Obama and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill weighed in today, while Anonymous claimed to ID the officer who did the shooting. Details:

  • McCaskill: Speaking at a local church, she got a standing ovation when she said St. Louis County must "demilitarize the police response," reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Afterward, she told reporters that the "police response has been part of the problem."
  • Obama: The president called for "peace and calm" and a transparent investigation, reports USA Today. He said there's no excuse for police to use excessive force against protesters, but nor is there "an excuse for violence against police or those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting." He also criticized police for arresting journalists at the protests.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon: Speaking after McCaskill at the same church, he promised an "operational shift" in police tactics. "You will see a different tone," he said, promising details later.

  • Anonymous: The hacker collective claimed to identify via Twitter the officer who shot the unarmed Brown last weekend, though police say the name is wrong, reports Reuters. Anonymous is standing by its post, while authorities are standing by their decision to keep the officer unidentified for safety reasons. "We can't let anonymous groups or even public groups pressure us into doing anything we don't think we should do," said a spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor's office. (Anonymous previously released police audio from the night of the shooting.)

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Aug 15, 2014 8:04 PM CDT
Watch for police losing evidence & lying. The chief prosecutor has always sided with police. It looks like the investigators need to be investigated. They know that the country is watching.
Aug 15, 2014 11:40 AM CDT
I read in a artical where the kid was killed over a suspected theft of a box of cigars from a store. Something is fischy here. Albuquerque police went thru the same thing not to long ago being out of control and covering their asses with false stories. Being killed for a box of cigars come on life is to precious to lose for something like that the DOJ should step in and proscute that police department. Surley there must have been another reason why this happened.This country is going to crap really quick something is going to give
Aug 15, 2014 1:16 AM CDT
It's not a game, neither is knock-out, burn yourself, choke game and girlfriend videos. When the anarchists, new black panthers, anonymous and al sharpton invite themselves to start trouble then it's just fighting evil with evil.