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Gov. Jay Nixon Declares State of Emergency, Imposes Curfew on Ferguson

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Danny Wicentowski
Governor Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at Greater St. Mark Family Church on August 16.

Amid a gathering of law enforcement, members of the media, protesters and citizens at Greater St. Mark Family Church on Saturday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson and imposed a curfew for this evening that will require city streets to be clear between midnight and 5 a.m.

In an ongoing effort to calm the tension between citizens and police forces after the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Nixon thanked both groups for working together during the relatively peaceful August 14 and August 15 protests and declared his support for protesters' First Amendment rights. But the late-night looting in Ferguson by a few individuals last night forced his hand, he said.

"I share their frustration and their conviction that we cannot allow the ill will of the few to undermine the goodwill of the many, while putting the people and businesses of this community in danger. If there was an easy way to separate those who hurt from those who help, we would," Nixon said. "But it's hard, and especially at night, we can't.

"So to protect the people and property of Ferguson, today I signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and implementing a curfew in the impacted area of Ferguson," Nixon continued.

See also:
- Ferguson Protesters Protect Stores from Looters, Riots As Police Hold Back
- New Black Panther Party Maintains Peace in Ferguson, Directs Traffic During Protest

Citizens resoundingly refused the curfew, reminding Nixon about their self-policing efforts and their success at blocking looters from entering many Ferguson businesses early Saturday morning. A New Black Panther leader requested that Nixon extend the curfew's start to 2 a.m. to give his and other groups time to peacefully mobilize protesters from the area once again.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, whose patrol had taken command of police activities in Ferguson on August 14 under Nixon's orders, acknowledged many groups for helping his squad maintain order. However, he agreed with Nixon that a curfew was the best course of action to keep the area calm and to clear the streets for emergency vehicles.

The news conference became heated as citizens argued with Johnson, Nixon and even themselves over how to handle this evening's planned protest.

Johnson later confirmed that tear gas and armored trucks would not be used to enforce the curfew Saturday night.

Nixon said that Johnson would set up a staging area for media so reporters can observe "openly and fairly."

Johnson added that 40 FBI agents are assisting in Ferguson now and went door-to-door handing out contact cards, and St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is providing police as well.

"If we are going to achieve justice, we must first have -- and maintain -- peace," Nixon said.



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51 comments
Tim Stewart
Tim Stewart

Innocent people rob quick marts all the time right?

Thanatos Muircastle
Thanatos Muircastle

And this is why there is a war coming.... the stupidity of Facebook comments shows it. Somewhere along the years, the U.S. became a nation of morons, trolls and all out asshats led by sociopaths that prefer it that way.

ChrisXtopher Roles
ChrisXtopher Roles

It started out as them being in the middle of the road, then the I believe the cop got the call that they were the ones that robbed a store minutes earlier. That's just what I hear though.

VAl Davis
VAl Davis

Might as well start training everybody early because as soon as they announce to the public that they will not be bringing charges against this rogue cop all hell is gonna break loose. Looting is gonna be the last thing the state of Missouri is gonna have to worry about!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

hmmm... maybe they grammar is stopping them?

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

i don`t fuckin know steve,you fuckin tell me. How many nights of bullshit and fooz act a foo up in her should anybody tolerate ?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

how many nights of looting SHOULD we have in ferguson, ray?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

realist. people burn down gas stations. do you?

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Raining. ... Nice political. Look like I'm effective

Rebecca Hampton
Rebecca Hampton

If you there and you saw it Scott, then why didn't you try to stop the looters? I'm thinking the same reason they probably didn't. At some point there's too many and it becomes too dangerous. Correct if I'm wrong, please.

Vickie Turner
Vickie Turner

Might work tonight if it's raining, otherwise, good luck with that.

Mark Wolff
Mark Wolff

Yea, this should work. The rain will be more of a deterrent than a curfew. The looters really seem to follow orders well. #sarcasm.

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

They need the military police or national guard helping and restoration of peace.. all this over a strong armed robber!!!!

DArrin Wright
DArrin Wright

If his arms were up like everyone says. When he was shot his would have been up above his head when he fell. And the people were told to go home earlier in the week during there protest but did not listen so they done what they had to do. It is what it is so deal with. O.J got as fair trial so the officer should.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

I saw a protestor with a megaphone watch looters go in and out of a store. Lot if good that did. Criminals don't care. You can't be that naive

Daniel Sexauer
Daniel Sexauer

Except the protesters guarding the stores from looting. Good try though

George Culp
George Culp

Who knows. And good luck with that!!!

Jaison Lakke
Jaison Lakke

Another way they stopping us #HANDSUPDONTSHOOT

Edward Manqoba
Edward Manqoba

Read News from various sources before you make false comments, He didnt assault anyone He raised His hands in Surrender that Racist scumbag shot him

Rebecca Hampton
Rebecca Hampton

Can we not give the peaceful protesters s break? They stood in front of the businesses and tried to stop the looters

Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner

What innocent person was shot? He assaulted an officer!

Mark Sneed
Mark Sneed

It's not about assembly. .it's about destroying lives looting crime running the streets , looking for an opportunity to engage in criminal activity rather than look for a job.wake up McDaniel stay classy stay strong, Innocent community Ferguson.

Mark E. McDaniel
Mark E. McDaniel

Freedom of assembly does not expire at midnight. We'll see how this plays out in less than six hours.

Aaron Gershman
Aaron Gershman

People don't like to be treated like The Enemy. The media don't like to be rough-housed. Innocent people don't like to be shot.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

two words for you sport,water cannons

Radena Clark
Radena Clark

What a joke the looters don't care about a curfew!

Beth Cotter
Beth Cotter

A curfew? Because looters are law abiding citizens?

Tracy Collins
Tracy Collins

How can they maintain order in a city if that can't even control a press conference?

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

How, exactly, is Nixon going to enforce this curfew? There are more people than there are cops. We're down the rabbit hole now, with no end in sight.

John Follmer
John Follmer

That's not going to stop the looting.People will a better was to hide themselves.

Mary E Kaufmann
Mary E Kaufmann

Call in the National Guard, who don't play, and put in Martial Law, that is what else he can do. No offense meant. I am just sick of them playing with these idiots so mostly are not even from here.

Tony Cowin
Tony Cowin

All I know is I guess I'm not closing down any of my local establishments tonight!

Emily Weber
Emily Weber

Nothing good happens after midnight. Hopefully the curfew helps!

Andrew G Fritschle
Andrew G Fritschle

It won't work the highway patrol is to chicken shit to in force it.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

so get your shopping... i mean looting... i mean "protesting" done before midnight.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

This entire thing started by one cop telling two people to get off the street...how is a bunch of cops telliing a bunch of people to get of the streets going to end any differently?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

It's pretty obvious how this will play out, a bunch of fucking idiots are going to insist that they be allowed to stay up all night in the streets and a bunch of idiots are going to get arrested. Or worse, a bunch more people can get gassed, probably hurt and maybe killed.


What is the fucking end game here? What is the fucking goal? When do these fucking people decide that gathering in the streets and acting like idiots all night will not bring this kid back from the dead or get the 'rasiss' cop throw in jail or killed?? BTW, if you think that these protests are going to get charges leveled at this cop you are nuts. I bet you a dollar the grand jury doesn't decide to press charges because once all the evidence is weighed they are going to see that it was far more than a cop just suddenly decided "You know what? I feel like killing some innocent black kid! BANG!! BANG!!" I feel for this kid's family and I feel bad that the kid lost his life, seriously. But how many weeks are we going to continue to have these counterproductive protests/riots before everyone figures out 'hey dawg! You know what? This aint doin shit!' and we all get back to fucking living with each other?

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