The local police department in Ferguson, Missouri is being relieved of its duties by Governor Jay Nixon after several days of protests over the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by an unnamed police officer.
The department has since then sparked further public outcry by aggressively policing protests in the town and arresting two journalists and a local lawmaker.
The report that the department will no longer be allowed to act comes from Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO).
"The governor just called me, and he's on his way to St. Louis now to announce he's taking away St. Louis County police out of the situation," he said. The Governor's spokesman would not confirm the report but did not deny it.
The department in question, St. Louis County law enforcement, has been using tear gas and rubber bullets against unarmed protestors in scenes that have been compared to war zones in Iraq.
The gentleman on the left has more personal body armor and weaponry than I did while invading Iraq. pic.twitter.com/5u6TxyIbkk- Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) August 14, 2014