Missouri governor deploys National Guard to 'restore peace' in Ferguson

Missouri governor deploys National Guard to 'restore peace' in Ferguson
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Shortly after Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson said during an early Monday morning press conference that the National Guard would not be coming to Ferguson, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed an executive order deploying the "highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist... in restoring peace and order to this community."

The announcement was made following a Sunday night that included shootings, looting, and the throwing of Molotov cocktails, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. In his statement, Nixon called the acts "deliberate, coordinated, and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson." The day had started with "hope, prayers, and peaceful protests," but spiraled out of control due to "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."

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