Citing concern over “deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson,” Gov. Jay Nixon today called on the Missouri National Guard to help with policing efforts in Ferguson.
The governor’s decision follows a weekend of continued unrest in the St. Louis suburb, where a curfew instituted Saturday was unable to curb violence, looting or clashes between law enforcement and protestors. The community has been gripped by strife for more than a week now following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9.
Businesses in Ferguson were targets of looting and vandalism over the weekend, and the start of class for the Ferguson-Florissant School District was pushed back again.