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Missouri Guv: Officer Who Shot Teen Should Be Named As Soon As Possible

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Police have so far refused to release the name, citing threats against the officer.

"I would hope that the appropriate release of that name with the security around it if necessary to make sure that there's not additional acts of violence be done as expeditiously as possible," Nixon said.

He added that he was "not sure" that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the release of the police report of the shooting was the best way to make that information public.

"I think it would be an important milestone here to get that out as expeditiously as possible," Nixon said.