Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Orders More National Guardsmen to Ferguson Region

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s actions underscore rising tensions in the St. Louis region, which has seen months of protests since the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s actions underscore rising tensions in the St. Louis region, which has seen months of protests since the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence.

He said Tuesday that hundreds more will be deployed to Ferguson, where fires and looting erupted Monday night after word that a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The rest will be in a position to respond rapidly, if needed.

Nixon says 700 guardsmen were in the area on Monday night, when more than a dozen buildings were set on fire and otherwise vandalized.

Ferguson’s mayor said earlier in the day that the National Guard wasn’t deployed quickly enough as violent protests broke out.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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