On August 19, 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon demanded that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson be prosecuted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
…In Ferguson, people of all races and creeds are joining hands to pray for justice. Teenagers cooking meals for law enforcement officers. Community leaders demonstrating courage and heroism throughout the night in standing against armed and violent instigators…
…But we will not be defeated by bricks and guns and Molotov cocktails. With the help of peaceful demonstrators, pastors and community leaders, Captain Johnson and law enforcement will not give up trying to ensure that those with peace in their hearts are not drowned out by those with senseless violence in their hands.
Second, a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.
The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do.
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The St. Louis County grand jury is still meeting on the case.
Today Governor Jay Nixon ducked a brutal followup question on his original outrageous statement.
Reporter Adam Sharp: You’re the sitting governor. Nine days into the investigation you called for a vigorous prosecution on television. You don’t think in any way that undermined the grand jury process?
Governor Jay Nixon: My uh… My uh… As I said many times to folks concerning that… Um… what I meant when I said that was the whole entire process of investigation and uh… Next question.
Watch Jay Nixon squirm.