Police to release name of officer who shot Michael Brown on Friday, source says

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FERGUSON, Mo. — On Friday police in Ferguson, Mo., plan to release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown, a source close to the investigation told CNN’s Julian Cummings. The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of demonstrations since Brown died last weekend.

Earlier on Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol would be in charge of security in Ferguson because “at this particular point, the attitudes weren’t improving, and the blocks towards expression appeared to be a flashpoint.”

Chosen by the state’s governor to head up the new security operation, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who grew up in the area, said he planned to meet with protesters Thursday.

“We are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we’re in this together,” he said.

As groups of protesters grew Thursday night, the demonstrations were calm.