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August 14th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Michael Brown family attorney: 'this is not a black, white issue'

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - As Ferguson is bracing for a potential fifth night of violent protests over the police shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Missouri governor announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol will take control of security in the St. Louis suburb.

In a press conference, Governor Jay Nixon announced that Ferguson County Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department would no longer be in charge.

Anthony Gray, one of the attorneys for Michael Brown's family, is pleased with the decision.

"I think what the Governor is trying to do is find some solutions and think out of the box. I agree with him: a shift in approach and mentality is great," Gray told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I do think this would allow us the space we need to perhaps make a change on the street."

This comes as the Ferguson County Police Department still refuses to release the officer's name to the public - a public that includes Brown's family, which still doesn't know who pulled the trigger.

When asked directly if the family is satisfied with the investigation thus far, Gray emphasized "not from the local authorities, I need to make that very clear."  But a private meeting with Justice Department officials gave them some hope today.

"I think they have a sense of comfort that came from those discussions," Gray said. "I think we all left somewhat way more comfortable than we came into the meeting."

Gray also stressed that the family does not view the death of Michael Brown, and subsequent protests, as a simple "black, white issue."

"I want everybody to know, including your listeners, that this is a unified effort to remain calm and to find out what happened. Period."

For more of our interview with the family's attorney, watch the video above.

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