After another night of protests, arrests and clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, Gov. Jay Nixon will skip a planned visit to the Missouri State Fair and return to the St. Louis suburb, which has been rocked by violence and unrest after a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday.
The Democratic governor has come under fire for his response to the situation. He has requested an independent federal investigation of the shooting, and on Tuesday he traveled to Ferguson and delivered remarks to community leaders.
But critics say Nixon has not done enough. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, was among the governor’s most vocal critics. A post from her Twitter account early Thursday directed profanities at Nixon in response to a message about Ferguson posted to Nixon’s Twitter account.
Another post from Nixon’s Twitter account early Thursday said the unrest in the St. Louis area was not representative of Missouri:
Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are. Must keep the peace, while safeguarding rights of citizens and the press
— Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 14, 2014