Reports Monday indicate that, following a particularly chaotic weekend, National Guard troops have been dispatched to Ferguson, Mo. to help restore order in the community. According to Gov. Jay Nixon, police who have been dealing with looters and violent protesters for more than a week cited “pre-planned” attacks against law enforcement that reached a critical level Sunday.
Ferguson has been ravaged by rioters since a black man was fatally shot by a local police officer earlier this month. Over the weekend, reports indicate that protesters shot at officers, attempted to barricade roads, and otherwise targeted authorities in addition to the looting and pillaging that has defined the past week.
Nixon issued a statement indicating that the National Guard had been mobilized in an effort to “help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson.”
Al Sharpton is concerned about the National Guard being called up in Ferguson. It’s because of agitators like him that it’s happening.
— Mister H (@ATHudd) August 18, 2014
Despite Nixon’s justifications for sending in the troops, many on social media felt the decision was premature and insisted such measures should only be taken after law enforcement officers are murdered by protesters.
Is the GOVERNOR who deploys/tasks the National Guard. So THIS is his response to Americans exercising their rights in his State #Ferguson
— Awake Black Woman (@AwakeBlackWoman) August 18, 2014
Why is the National Guard being deployed when not ONE law enforced individual has been injured or killed the entire week?
— Ugly Betty (@Pinky_Balboa) August 18, 2014
While protesters are angered by the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, Nixon indicated that violence is not the appropriate way to deal with their emotions.
“These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory,” his statement read, “and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their homes.”
Late last week, the Missouri Highway Patrol took over as the presiding law enforcement entity, leading to hopes that the riots could be quelled without the use of force by authorities. Capt. Ron Johnson, a black native of Ferguson, admitted Sunday that an increase in violence made those plans untenable.
He noted that, faced with a surge in reported shootings and numerous businesses being overtaken by looters, law enforcement “had to act to protect lives and property.”
As Monday began, at least seven individuals were arrested.
Nixon’s statement lamented the devolving state of affairs in the predominantly black community.
“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals,” the statement read, “many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk.”
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