For all the people who are frustrated that the name of the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been released, don't look to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) for help.
"I don't know the name of who the officer is. I'm not conducting either of the investigations," Nixon said during a press conference Thursday.
He added, however, that he would ultimately like to see the name released.
"I would hope that the appropriate release of that name -- with the security around it, if necessary, to make sure that there's not additional acts of violence -- be done as expeditiously as possible," he stated. "There's certainly, in my view, methods and abilities to do that. I'm not sure litigation is the best method...but I think it would be an important milestone here to get that out as expeditiously as possible."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed requests Tuesday to obtain a copy of the police report naming the officer who shot Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had originally said he would release the officer's name, but later decided against it, citing death threats that he said were coming into the police department.
Nixon declined to comment Thursday when asked whether the incident report should be released.
Anger in this St. Louis suburb has continued to grow over the police department's handling of the situation, including that it has not yet released additional details about the shooting. Officers have been out in Ferguson in recent nights dressed in full riot gear and using tear gas and rubber bullets.
Nixon's press conference came after he was heavily criticized on social media Wednesday night for being silent during the protests. He eventually announced he would be canceling his appearance at the Missouri State Fair on Thursday to deal with the situation in Ferguson.
The governor also announced Thursday that he was putting the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security in Ferguson, taking the responsibility away from the St. Louis County Police Department.
This piece was updated with additional quotes.
See updates on the situation in Ferguson below:
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot
New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing
08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT
Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown
08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents
USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father
08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
Stepmother of #MichaelBrown said the late teen "pretty much prophesied his own death and didn't realize it."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 25, 2014