Missouri Governor Calls Off National Guard

Jay Nixon orders withdrawal from Ferguson

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2014 1:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – With the violence in Ferguson seemingly winding down, Missouri's governor has told the state's National Guard to go home, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jay Nixon made the controversial move to deploy the Guard earlier this week, but his office said today that "the situation has greatly improved" since then, reports CBS Local. The withdrawal was to begin immediately. The development comes a day after Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson and promised a fair investigation into the Michael Brown shooting. For now, it appears that the State Highway Patrol will remain in charge of security in Ferguson.

Members of the Missouri National Guard stand guard over a police command post Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo.
Members of the Missouri National Guard stand guard over a police command post Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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