Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson

Governor says Guard will 'restore peace and order'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 18, 2014 3:17 AM CDT | Updated Aug 18, 2014 4:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early today, hours after another violent night. The National Guard will help "in restoring peace and order" to the St. Louis suburb that has been rocked by angry protests since the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Nixon said in a statement, as per the AP. "These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes," Nixon said.

In Ferguson, another day of protests ended in violence after tear gas was fired at marchers approaching a police command post ahead of a midnight curfew, reports the Wall Street Journal. Police say Molotov cocktails were thrown at them and shots were fired, though protesters dispute that account. "That is a lie. It was no fight, it was no shots fired," a protester tells CNN. "The only ones who fired was police. All we did was march to the command center to fall to our knees and say, 'Don't shoot.' And they started shooting." "Based on the conditions, I had no alternative but to elevate the level of response," said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in command in Ferguson. At least two people were wounded in shootings, he said.

A protester stands in the street after police fired tear gas in Ferguson last night.
A protester stands in the street after police fired tear gas in Ferguson last night.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks during a rally at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson yesterday.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks during a rally at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Protesters in Ferguson yesterday.
Protesters in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A woman tries to recover after being hit by tear gas after police dispersed a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.
A woman tries to recover after being hit by tear gas after police dispersed a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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