Watch: Governor Jay Nixon Declares State Of Emergency, Curfew In Ferguson
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) just held a news conference to declare a state of emergency. This move follows just two days after the Missouri State Highway Patrol took over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb. A curfew will be established in the town which is roiled in the wake of the death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a police officer.
Nixon’s announcement declaring a state of emergency sparked anger with community members at the press conference. Shouting matches ensued with angry citizens demanding answers. One woman yelled out, “Excuse me Governor, but you need to charge that officer with murder.”
The curfew is to last from midnight to 5:00 a.m., according to Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who spoke at the press conference as well.
“What we’re doing now is not who we are,” Johnson said while community members shouted during the press conference.
Johnson added that no tear gas would be used to enforce the curfew.
Anger erupted after police finally released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown , then went on to allege the teenager robbed a store before he was shot down.
Nixon also says the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting and FBI agents would be in Ferguson working on the investigation. .
Last night, after about 24 hours of peaceful protesting, looters surfaced to target stores, but they were met with demonstrators who guarded the entrances of business to keep them secure.
Nixon’s announcement went over as well as tear gas hurled at peaceful protesters. The Ferguson police department needs to be forthcoming if they want peace.
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