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Weekend Brings More Unrest in Ferguson, National Guard Tapped to Help

August 18, 2014  | 

VIDEO: National Guard Military Police Heading to Ferguson

Police fired smoke and tear gas canisters early Sunday in an effort to disperse several dozen protesters who defied a curfew in a St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer last week. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol told Fox News that seven people were arrested and one man had been shot at the site of the protest in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said that the shooting victim was in critical condition and had been rushed to a hospital by protesters.

A curfew had been announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Saturday afternoon in an effort to prevent the violence and looting that had marred earlier protests over the August 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The governor also declared a state of emergency.

KSDK-TV is reporting this morning that Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order Monday morning directing the Missouri National Guard to Ferguson to restore order and to protect the citizens after protesters marched toward police Sunday night, throwing multiple Molotov cocktails at officers.

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Tom Ret @ 8/18/2014 8:02 AM

The local police are not to blame for this situation. On the contrary, they should be applauded for exercising considerable restraint.
The Governor keeps criticizing the locals for using or displaying too much force initially but seems to ignore the fact that Johnson's hug a thug approach which followed, failed miserably allowing businesses to be looted while the police stood around in a state of paralysis. Now that the Governor has ordered the national guard in, which to most people, is an uptick in the level of force, how can he in good conscience keep criticizing the chief. His criticism of the chief releasing the store video seems to indicate that he did not want the truth to come out about Brown as he wanted to keep it secret in an attempt to placate the black population there.

Tom Ret @ 8/18/2014 8:33 AM

I for one am sick of the complaints from the media that the police didn't do enough to safeguard their reporters from the effects of gas or being roughed up in a restaurant when they failed to leave. It appeared to me that the camera crew that had to leave due to gas, inserted themselves directly in the midst of the situation to get a good shot apparently with their bright lights shinning down the street most likely blinding the police who were approaching.

Once should be enough to tell a reporter to leave a restaurant much less 12 or more times in a riot situation. The only mistake I saw was dropping the charges against the two in the restaurant. The charge of obstructing should have gone forward to court. Now they are making hay out of the situation since the charges were dropped thus concluding the arrests were bogus to begin with.

Greg @ 8/18/2014 12:02 PM

The reporting on this has been horrid and amazingly biased...what a surprise. Holder and his crew are doing their best to make everything worse (a la St. Trayvon). Loved the part where the release of the video of the Baby Huey thug's robbery and battery on the small clerk was fought by so got in his way of making things worse. Wait till the 3rd autopsy done by another of Holder/Obama crew says, "We can't determine if the baby was shot in the back or we aren't ruling it out."...just wait, it'll come.

Jeanne Baker @ 8/18/2014 12:28 PM

Why aren't the so-called experts on the morning shows pointing out that one bullet is not enough to stop a 6'4" 295 pound assailant? The experts' political correctness shows their complete lack of knowledge of the terrible reality of deadly force situations.

Jsmes Sanchez @ 8/18/2014 12:40 PM

Regarding bullets: The 9mm or even .40 or .45 are often ineffective against large attackers, especially when the attacker is hopped up on drugs, booze, and adrenalin. On at least one occasion a perp has absorted more than 30 9mm rounds without going down. The cop was within an instant of having this giant attacker on top of him. Any cop or any sane civilian would have fired multiple times. Many would have gone to slide lock. The mainstream media, predictably dishonest, is trying to portray the cop's multiple shots as abnormal and improper. What a perverted mass media we have, that is so eager not only to take the side of the thug and libel cops, but to lie outright about facts.

Jsmes Sanchez @ 8/18/2014 12:42 PM

Let's have a show of hands! Should the Ferguson PD have:
1. Shot the first few looters to discourage looting and rioting and arson; OR
2. Followed the hands-off, let 'em loot reaction that they chose

Stevo G @ 8/18/2014 1:07 PM

Huh, its looks like the Missouri Hug-a-Thug program didn't work. Not everyone wants to hold hands and sing Kumbaya like the Governor thought. it looks like the local police response was correct to begin with. Well, if its the military response everyone wants, they are certainly going to get it now. The lawless will always be lawless.

ssc1911 @ 8/18/2014 2:08 PM

A very bad situation in Ferguson,MO. The rioters causing the damage they did and for what? From news reports in the papers all they want is the offcier that shot Mr.Brown, charged and arrested for murder.Where is this officer's due process and his version of what happened. The video from the store where Mr.Brown stole a box of cigars and then went after the clerk. The officer that shot Mr.Brown didn't know that Brown was a suspect in the robbery.
It is not known what happened after they encountered each other. I disagree with the US AG Holder and company coming in to this, it is a local matter and how it should be handled. I agree with Tom Ret. with what he says about the reporters being told to move and they don't they should be arrested for not leaving when told to do so the charges against the reporters shouldn't be dropped as the press isn't above the law in any way.

Concerned Citizen @ 8/18/2014 2:11 PM

It was the Media that jumped to conclusions first. Making Mr. Brown out to be a Saint. It is the MSM that is egging on the White Hate, thanks to Holder, Obama and Nixon. How can an "Unarmed Teen" Strong Arm a convenience store? He was "armed" well! Our media and Government are responsible for the riots. Obama plays both sides! So he can have Martial Law! And a Police State. Look at Obama's Executive Orders! Any good Feds, LEOs and Secret Service should WALK OUT OF THE JOB! Don't show up to WORK! Until Obama stops making Thugs out to be SAINTS! Why protect someone who lets the Borders OPEN? AND lets loyal Americans like Brian Terry die? LEOs Please Define Enemy of the State! Is it those loyal to Bill of Rights and Constitution or to a Thug Dictator who is a narcissist who thinks he's a God? Make a decision. Choose Good or Choose Evil. Be hot or cold but no luke warm!

vikingpj @ 8/18/2014 2:16 PM

I thought the Might State Police Captain who marched with protestors and spoke at the memorial service about how Brown's family moved him to tears had everything under control?

westcoastleo @ 8/18/2014 3:27 PM

...." throwing multiple Molotov cocktails at officers"..... Yet that stupid idiot Johnson wanted the officers at the scene to not wear their riot gear and leave their SWAT vehicles behind. Johnson is a traitor to the law enforcement uniform after his remarks and actions. We know where you stand Johnson. The law enforcement uniform takes no sides, it is neutral. Law enforcement officers around the U.S. are watching you Johnson and you are doing a lousy job.
Here in California we not only have our associations / unions that will protect us from people like you Johnson, but we also have CAL/OSHA which requires us to wear safety gear while at work, no matter what work we do. We also have California AB301 “Officers Bill Of Rights” in our government code.

So again what I’d do if I was a Ferguson Peace Officer on the line out there tonight, I’d just go home or not respond and let the city burn because they don’t care about you, your family or your rights....

Yeti @ 8/18/2014 7:04 PM

That's what you end up with when you let Sharpton and the new black panthers come in to help negotiate instead of an unbiased multiracial team of negotiators.

Capt.Crunch @ 8/18/2014 9:37 PM

Maybe one of you Libs can tell me how is brother Obama, going to stop the wars in Israel, Ukraine and Afghanistan, when he can't even stop a riot in the small town of Ferguson?

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