JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he didn't initially take control of security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson because the police shooting of Michael Brown seemed to him like something local authorities should handle.
Copies of Nixon's daily scheduled obtained by The Associated Press show he went about his routine business for the first several days after the Aug. 9 shooting — even as police and protesters clashed.
Nixon spoke to a conference of wildlife and conservation groups, passed out state grants for preschools and visited the State Fair. Nixon also made a trip to the Ferguson area and got regular updates on the situation.
Nixon began devoting his full schedule to Ferguson five days after the shooting. He says that's when the severity of the situation became clear.