Nixon Calls National Guard to Ferguson, Cites "Deliberate, Coordinated" Attacks on Police

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Danny Wicentowski
Police fired both tear gas and smoke grenades at protesters Sunday night.
Update 1 p.m.: There will be no curfew tonight, according to a statement released this afternoon from the governor's office. The National Guard will be on the scene. See below for more details. End of update.

Following the most violent night in Ferguson since last Sunday, Governor Jay Nixon announced early Monday morning that he's sending National Guard troops to the troubled north-county suburb.

"Tonight, a day of hope, prayers and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk," said the governor in a statement that accompanied his executive order.

Reports of shots fired around 8:30 p.m. last night derailed what had been a massive -- yet peaceful -- demonstration along West Florissant Avenue. Police later reported multiple gunshot victims shot by civilians (not police) and molotov-cocktail attacks on officers.

"Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist...in restoring peace and order to this community," Nixon said.

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Danny Wicentowski
Protesters dragged traffic cones, bricks, shopping carts and other items to fashion a makeshift blockade on West Florissant Avenue.
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- PHOTOS: Weekend Clashes in Ferguson Leave Residents Searching for Hope
- Ferguson Protesters Defy State of Emergency Curfew and Fight Tear Gas

Nixon's order came as a surprise. During a press conference held less than hour before the governor's announcement, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told reporters the new security measures under consideration did not include National Guard troops.

Johnson has been widely praised for his handling of the complicated enforcement challenges present in Ferguson. Since the shooting death of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, violence and looting have marred several of the nightly demonstrations held along the town's main drag, West Florissant Avenue.

"Tonight, a Sunday that started with prayers and messages of unity, peace and justice, took a very different turn after dark," Johnson told reporters just after 1 a.m. Monday morning.

"The catalyst was not civil disobedience, but preplanned agitation and aggression. Coordinated, in many cases."

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Danny Wicentowski
Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson addressed the press early Monday morning.
Johnson laid out the following timeline of Sunday's escalating violence:

8:25 p.m.: A civilian was reported shot on West Florissant and Ferguson avenues. When officers responded to reach the victim, Johnson said they were met with gunfire and molotov cocktails. Around the same time, vandalism and looting was reported at Domino's Pizza, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Family Dollar and a public-storage company -- all located on West Florissant Avenue.

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Danny Wicentowski
Officers inspect damage at a Ferguson storage company after clearing the streets with tear gas.
8:26: Police received a report of shots fired at north of Canfield Drive.

8:27: Police received a report that a subject was down, felled by gunfire.

8:28: Police received a report of eight people with guns in the same area. Tactical teams were deployed.

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Danny Wicentowski
Police fired volleys of tear-gas canisters, flash-bang grenades and smoke bombs Sunday night.
8:56: Hundreds of protesters marched toward the police command center located in the Buzz Westfall shopping center. Johnson said multiple molotov cocktails were thrown at officers, who deployed tear gas "in order to disperse the crowd and stop the violent action."

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Danny Wicentowski
9:15: Police received a call that a large crowd was gathering at the McDonald's on the corner of West Florissant and Ferguson. Five minutes later the restaurant was overrun and employees had locked themselves in a storage room.

Johnson said he received multiple reports of additional moltov cocktails thrown at officers throughout the night, an escalation that demanded a higher level of response from police.

"For those who would claim that the curfew was what led to tonight's violence, I would remind you that this incident began before 8:30, three-and-a-half hours before the curfew," he said.

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Danny Wicentowski
Police snipers were also on the scene in Ferguson last night.
Two or three people were injured by gunfire coming from within a crowd of protesters, said Johnson. Police made "seven or eight" arrests as well. He did not explain how police determined that last night's violence was coordinated or preplanned.

Update continued: In a statement issue this afternoon, Governor Nixon described the the National Guard's "immediate and limited responsibilities" in Ferguson from here on out.

The Guard is tasked with protecting the police's Unified Command Center at the Buzz Westfall shopping center, which law enforcement officials claim was the target of a "coordinated attack" last night.

Police have yet to specify the nature of the alleged "coordination," or how last night's violence -- which included gunfire and molotov cocktails directed at police -- differed from previous molotov cocktail attacks. Photos of protesters lighting rags stuffed in bottles began circulating on Wednesday last week, but no one claimed that those attacks were evidence "coordination."

Here are some of the photos of protesters using molotov cocktails last week, courtesy of Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson.

Continue for the full text both Governor Nixon's statements and his executive order to bring the National Guard to Ferguson

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Ryan Masters
Ryan Masters

Why are you asking why? We should nuke those monkies.

tilly46
tilly46

I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions that the black community has made to American society. Their peaceful and generous nature, make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their quite, and calm behavior in restaurants as to not disturb other diners and their generous gratuity they leave after dining is an example that all diners should strive to achieve.Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people.Real estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into a neighborhood due to their caring and respectful nature for their own property and communities, an example of all that they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by their unmatched work ethic and hands on, hard work and a self-reliant can-do attitude nurtures a culture of integrity and honor. Without their industrious and creative drive, we truly would be lesser of a nation

LostLenore1970
LostLenore1970

@RiverfrontTimes This is my paranoia talking, but what if they're setting a trap? Having the Natl Guard on hand to shoot if needed?

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CMogul35
CMogul35

@D_Towski WE WILL SEEK JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN! OR THIS WAR WILL NEVER END NOT JUST IN ST. LOUIS BUT THREW OUT THE WORLD~!

Franklin Steele
Franklin Steele

I feel like the better question is "why didn't he do it sooner?"

PamSchep
PamSchep

@D_Towski they are tracking anonymous & the anarchists the brought in from all over & that's who is causing the chaos just read their tweets

Missy Smith
Missy Smith

Pull all you media out and the people will disburse.

Ann7837
Ann7837

@D_Towski coordinated or grass-roots? police excesses can hide behind coordinated

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

Sweet!  No curfew plus the National Guard in town means thugs will get shot at now, not just gassed!

young.trishia
young.trishia

This neighborhood is acting like terrorists.....and demand the head of the officer prior to all the facts being out.......I hope the National Guard straightens out this mess and brings "reality" back to the city.

kevindbailey2010
kevindbailey2010

I cant believe my Caucasian people with their hypocrite views. Lets see what race enslaved people for more than 400 years and killed off their men, woman, and children. After the profit of free labor and stole every idea a slaved invented for their gain. How about hanging people from trees, and burning them alive while they drink and laugh. Lets not forget the countless other evils that were done. So to call another race animals you guys can wear that name the best.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

the only thing they are held to is the chain of command you throw m alatov cocktails at them you will be shot

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Why are you getting off topic I know where they serve I know how the military works as for pay they get paid for nations disasters an emergency s

Louise Lybarger
Louise Lybarger

The National Guard has also been expected to serve as regular soldiers in war. They should be getting paid a hell of a lot better considering they can be held responsible for so much.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Sac I mean Zach the national guards mission is to protect the state so they do have the qualifications to fix this also there won't be anymore looting being as being in the military we have different rules of engagement

trry96
trry96

Shower Thoughts:  If rioters in Ferguson were playing real life Grand Theft Auto, they would have just attained a 5-star wanted level...

kevindbailey2010
kevindbailey2010

My Caucasian people will never understand the pain and suffering that comes with being a different race. You guys has been able to eat the good of the land that you stole and then forced people of color to work it. And you really believe in your hearts that your hard work built this land. Its not your fault history was twisted and hidden to cover up your evil ways. But take some time and free yourself from the lies they taught you in school, and the lies that were passed down from your parents. its not your fault..  

kevindbailey2010
kevindbailey2010

People need to read their bibles more to understand God is war, and the bible also quoted the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent takes it by force. And in the end God's people will war with the satan and his children. Everything is not always going to look pretty people.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

RFT,why don`t you stick to the reporting that got you here sluts and whores on the back page,, savage love ,,bands and movies listings,,general entertainment,,,,,,,hard core actual reporting is not your forte all you are doing is keeping the looting fires burning

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

Why??..How many fires and looting calls did 911 dispatchers did st louis county dispatchers have last night?

sdeedeec
sdeedeec

Absolutely amazed that people still find the actions of "protestors" defensible.  Civilized people do not act like this - period.  We don't have all the facts.  This is not how civilized decent people demand justice.  There have been at least two white people shot by police recently in the city where I live, one unjustly.  Justice was served swiftly without any of this type of nonsense.  The police in Ferguson should never have been called down and the escalation since just proves it.  Just because someone is black doesn't mean their rights trump everyone else's.  THAT is racism.  IF this kid was shot unjustly there is no need for what is going on.  As far as I'm concerned and this includes me and my family, you learn to respect the law, whether you like it or not.  You don't argue and fight with policeman.  If you do, you are putting yourself in the position of getting shot.  They have to make split second decisions.  This kid broke the law.  He was a thug who just committed a strong arm robbery.  As far as I'm concerned he got what was coming to him, just like I would expect to happen to me if I broke the law.  My opinion has absolutely NOTHING to do with what color he was.  Instead of screaming about losing their babies, maybe people should be teaching their children right from wrong and showing them how civilized people act. This stuff happens to people every day and they don't act like this.  No wonder there is no justice for victims and criminals are running the streets without fear.  I'm sick of it.  I want them all put away and if they resist and have to be shot, so be it.  If the kid had complied with police orders immediately, none of this would have happened.  That is his fault.  Sorry, sometimes the truth is hard to accept.  

luticrist
luticrist

So do the Protesters/Rioters now begin protesting and rioting in the name of the people they've shot while protesting/rioting?

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

The don't need the National Guard, they need zookeepers  

CMogul35
CMogul35

@DavidDT_TTW @D_Towski YOU BETTER NO IT WILL... THIS IS A SPIRITUAL WAR... IT WILL NEVER END... BECOZ IF THERE IS NO JUSTICE NO PEACE...

kevindbailey2010
kevindbailey2010

How many people did slavery kill? while you guys had riots in the black people streets back then. You took people lives and burnt down their homes. destroyed families and caused such a pain and emptiness in the hearts of colored people that can last past our time. But you want to call people animals because they're tired of seeing their people suffer by a no justice system in their neighborhoods. No race on the face of this earth has murdered more people than you.    

rollguy
rollguy

@kevindbailey2010  Kevin, stay home and stare at your computer.  Don't leave, you might be the next in trouble at the riot.

sojurner420
sojurner420

@sdeedeec You are out of your mind. You don't realize that more citizens have died by the hands of Police in the US than soldiers have died in our current debacle in Afghanistan. We MUST fight back any way we can. Either you STAND for freedom or kneel before TYRANTS.  

kevindbailey2010
kevindbailey2010

@dalediversity  My heart goes out to racist people like yourself. God is all of us and the sooner we learn that the better off we would be and the closer we would be to knowing God in a greater way.  

rollguy
rollguy

@sojurner420 @sdeedeec   That is not a true statement, and you know it. People with your attitude are the tyrants, and civilized people will always prevail, and that includes the police agencies.

sdeedeec
sdeedeec

@kevindbailey2010 @dalediversity People who disagree with the actions of the protestors are not automatically racist.  I believe in God and resent your insinuation and judgment.  They are acting like animals and I can assure you God does NOT approve of that.  


sojurner420
sojurner420

@rollguy @sojurner420 @sdeedeec That statement is 100% true. If you would take the time to research instead of swallowing the propaganda spread by government controlled media, perhaps you would learn something true. Plainly, you are either a government lacky lap dog yourself or a pathetic sheeple

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

@young.trishia Oh, ok. The god of christian mythology. As opposed to Zeus, who is from Greek mythology. 

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