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August 18th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Missouri governor 'concerned' about how Ferguson police have released information

(CNN) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is concerned about how Ferguson police disclosed information on the investigation into the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Last Friday, Ferguson police released raw video from surveillance cameras which they say show Brown robbing a convenience store on the day he was killed. Many in the Ferguson community, including Brown's family, were outraged the information was released immediately following the naming of the officer who killed Brown, without specifying whether the robbery was related to the shooting.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson later told reporters the "robbery does not relate to the initial contact between the officer and Michael Brown."

"We were very concerned," about that release of information, Nixon said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Monday.

"It was only after that release of that videotape at the same time, that we saw kind of a rebirth (of unrest)," said Nixon.

"It’s an important time where these folks get it right with the attention, the angst, the energy. What we don’t need is these small releases of information that are interpreted or misinterpreted. What we need is a full investigation on both of these so that justice is served," he said.

In response to the most recent street violence, Nixon has deployed the state National Guard to Ferguson, giving them the responsibility to protect the law enforcement command center during the night. Days earlier, he brought in the state Highway Patrol to provide security in the city. Nixon also lifted the midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in place Saturday and Sunday nights.

But President Barack Obama sounded skeptical Monday about the decision to bring in National Guard troops, saying he would keep an eye on the situation, to make sure the National Guard was helping, rather than hindering the situation.

Nixon said the troops will be playing a "narrow role" in keeping the town safe Monday night.

"These are military police that are there for a narrow task, and that task is to protect the command center," he said.

The governor also noted that "outside forces," or non-Ferguson residents, have come to the town to take advantage of the chaos, and loot stores.

For more of our interview with Gov. Jay Nixon, check out the video below.

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