BREAKING:#MikeBrown primary subject in Strong Armed robbery Just before the fatal Shooting

Stealing a box of Swisher Sweets then an exchange with the clerk.

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(KTVI)- Chief Tom Jackson confirms that the name of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown is Darren Wilson.

Michael Brown was allegedly involved in a convenience  store theft.

Police have released a video from an August 9th robbery where Michael Brown was the primary suspect. The robbery occurred at a convenience store between 11:53 and 11:54 am Saturday morning.

Nothing specific happened that affected their decision making but they feel there’s a certain calm and deep outcry from community. Huge Sunshine Law requests and other legal issues had to be weighed out.

The chief would not comment on the safety precautions of the officer involved. He says there have been security concerns all along.

He is asking for the community to remain calm.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri plan to release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown Friday. The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of demonstrations since Brown died last weekend.

 State troopers are taking over security in this St. Louis suburb after days of clashes between local police and protesters.

Gov. Jay Nixon said he decided to put the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of security because “at this particular point, the attitudes weren’t improving, and the blocks towards expression appeared to be a flashpoint.”

Lately, the community of Ferguson, which has been the scene of demonstrations and a strong police response in the wake of a weekend police shooting that left African-American teenager Michael Brown dead, has looked “more like a war zone, and it’s not acceptable,” Nixon said.

Now, authorities — who’ve faced accusations that they’ve used excessive force in response to demonstrations — will be taking a different tack in an effort to calm tensions, officials said Thursday.

“We’re all about making sure that we allow peaceful and appropriate protests, that we use force only when necessary, that we step back a little bit and let some of the energy be felt in this region, appropriately,” Nixon said

Chosen by the state’s governor to head up the new security operation, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson 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 evening, the demonstrations were calm.

Some said they were prepared for police aggression, despite what authorities have promised.

“Gas me, shoot me, I will stand my ground,” one protester’s sign said.

Time will tell if the new police tactics work, said Patricia Bynes, Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson Township.

“Things usually tend to turn once the sun starts going down. … I think the test is going to be this evening,” she said.

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who was arrested at a demonstration in Ferguson Wednesday, said he’s already noticed the new tone.

“Really, it has been the police presence, the heavy-handed presence, which has escalated the situation and I think led to the violence each night. And so it’s good to see this new approach,” he said. “Already there is a different attitude and a different interaction between the crowd and police, and I am very hopeful for a peaceful night.”

More details to come.

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