Nixon drops out of European trade trip after violent week
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has announced he won't participle in a European trade mission because of recent violence, including the shooting of suburban St. Louis police officer.
Nixon said in a statement Sunday that the week has been "sad and difficult," especially for police. He says the "safety and well-being of all Missourians" is his "top priority."
Nixon was scheduled to depart Friday for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. But he dropped out after police officer Michael Flamion was critically wounded during a Friday morning traffic stop in Ballwin. The shooting came a day after five Dallas police officers were killed during a protest over the recent fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Nixon will attend a Tuesday memorial service for the officers in Dallas.