State of Emergency, Curfew Declared in Ferguson
Jay Nixon institutes measures after more riots related to Michael Brown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 16, 2014 3:34 PM CDT
Updated Aug 16, 2014 4:44 PM CDT
Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, left, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon take part in a news conference Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community. The curfew will run from midnight to 5am. "We must first have and maintain peace. This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching," Nixon said. "We cannot allow the ill will of the few to undermine the good will of the many."

Tensions in Ferguson flared late yesterday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and documents alleging Brown robbed a store before he died. Nixon also says the US Department of Justice is beefing up its investigation of the shooting. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said there were 40 FBI agents going door-to-door starting today, talking to people who might have seen or have information about the shooting. Nixon and Johnson spoke at a church in Ferguson, where they were interrupted repeatedly by people demanding justice and objecting to the curfew. Johnson assured those in attendance that police would communicate with protesters and give them ample opportunity to observe the curfew.

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sunniladi
Aug 17, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
one thing i keep thinking about - had brown obeyed the laws and the police officer, he would be alive today. he committed theft, roughed up the proprieter then walked down the middle of the street and got into a physical altercation with the officer, all of which is illegal. i'm NOT saying he deserved to die for any of this, but the fact remains, he is dead because of all of the stupid decisions he made that GOT him into this situation. wouldn't you think that if you already have the mindset of hating and distrusting the police, why would you deliberately antagonize them???
michael morrison
Aug 17, 2014 7:36 AM CDT
Let keep this real everyone. First of all we as people react instead of pausing, taking a step back, accessing or viewing; we see only a part of the picture! Instead of the whole picture. Did you'll see the video of Michael in the store? He was a very big boy! A boy indeed! But he had a full grown man body!! Actually intimidating! But it's still no reason or an excuse, why a white police officer or any police officer, would shoot (several times) and kill him or anyone else. Ah! I know? Black (Race card! That is a given) Fear!! A scary situation! The police officer panic, inexperience, I don’t know what this person was feeling at that time! But I could go on and on but! At the end of the day!!! He certainly made a bad decision! You can't justify this by any means! It's a sad story again! Trevor, Michael, and so many more that we don't even know about!! But we as a people have to stop the curse by reversing the curse! Not by violence or rioting! But by God! And God only! God said: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Fight your battle on your knees and pray! For everyone knows we all need it!
heyyouyou
Aug 17, 2014 7:13 AM CDT
If the store owners don't ever reopen in Ferguson, too bad for thugs.