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Missouri Guv Pledges 'Different Tone' And 'Operational Shifts' In Ferguson

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"We just can't have lawlessness," Nixon added. "We've got use this energy as an excuse to push forward... We must make sure that justice prevails."

Nixon said that he had spoken with President Barack Obama shortly before making his comments.

He also criticized the arrests of two reporters on Wednesday night.

"If the news want to cover and take pictures of stuff, they ought to do it," he said. "We live in a free country."