Missouri gov's Ferguson response widely criticized
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been inundated with public criticism following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb.
As protests mounted following the Aug. 9 shooting, so too did the frustration directed at Nixon.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Nixon's office received thousands of phone calls and hundreds of emails, letters and faxes from people across Missouri and even the world. Most of the correspondence was critical of the governor - first for not acting quickly enough as police used tear gas on protesters and later for appearing to call for the prosecution of the officer.
Nixon told the AP that getting criticized comes with the job and that he was focused on getting the situation in Ferguson under control.