Guard Arrives for Duty, Nixon Issues Statement on Ferguson


Published 08/18 2014 12:40PM

Updated 08/18 2014 12:47PM

(FERGUSON, Mo.) National Guard members are reporting for duty at an Armory in South St. Louis City, Monday.

Gov. Jay Nixon 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.

Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke early Monday about the violence seen Sunday night where protesters clashed with police.

Johnson said police have been dealing with more violence, shootings, looting and vandalism with a lot of it starting more than three hours before the midnight curfew.

Authorities add at least two to three people have been injured in shootings and there have been about seven or eight arrests.

They say no officers were injured.

Gov. Nixon released the following statement Monday afternoon regarding the situation in Ferguson:

"Last night, Ferguson, Missouri experienced a very difficult and dangerous night as a result of a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community.  As long as there are vandals and looters and threats to the people and property of Ferguson, we must take action to protect our citizens. 
Following coordinated attacks last night both on civilians and law enforcement officers, I signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson.  The Guard's immediate and limited responsibilities under the direction of Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are to provide protection, and ensure the safety of our Unified Command Center, which was the target last night of a coordinated attack.  The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.
Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason will oversee Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
With these additional resources in place, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will continue to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness and violence, and protect the civil rights of all peaceful citizens to make their voices heard. We will not use a curfew tonight.
Again, I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw last night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified Command Center.
We are all frustrated and looking for justice to be achieved regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown.  As the dual investigations continue into what happened nine days ago at Canfield Green, we must defend Ferguson from these violent interlopers so that the peaceful protests can operate in peace and the search for answers and justice can continue."

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