Missouri Governor ‘Pleased’ Cop Who Shot Teen Was ID’d: ‘Long Overdue’

AP

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday he’s “pleased” that police identified the name of the officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.

He called for a “thorough, open and transparent” investigation into the incident. The officer was identified in the morning as Darren Wilson.

“I’m pleased that the people of Ferguson and the region began to get some long-overdue information today, and I will continue to call for openness and transparency as the parallel investigations into this tragedy proceed to their necessary conclusions,” Nixon, a Democrat, said in a statement. “For the sake of the family, the citizens of Ferguson, and the entire region, it is vital that the investigations into the shooting death of Michael Brown move forward in a thorough, open and transparent manner to ensure that trust is restored and justice is done.”

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