After one of the worst night’s of violence in Ferguson, Missouri last night, the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, has taken drastic steps to curb the violence. Early this morning he signed an executive order to deploy the national guard to the St. Louis suburb.
Here is a statement put out by Nixon’s office,
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing additional resources through the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson.
“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center.
These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes. Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.”
Last night, the second night of a mandatory curfew in Ferguson, saw increased violence and looting. Protestors threw molotov cocktails at police and looted nearby stores.
The family of Michael Brown, the young man killed by police in an incident which remains under investigation, has called for peace and a stop to the violence, but to no avail.
During the 1992 LA Riots, the only thing that stopped the violence was a dawn to dusk curfew as well as the deployment of the National Guard.