National Guard moving in to restore order in Ferguson, Missouri

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(CNN) — The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has become a national flashpoint in the debate over race, the use of force by police and militarization of police agencies.

More than a week after Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, protests have been marred by confrontations with police, looting and violence.

Here’s what’s next in this unfolding situation:

National Guard steps in

Early Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard into Ferguson to restore peace after what he called “deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violence attacks on lives and property.”

He issued the order after a chaotic night in which authorities said violent protesters fired on officers, threw firebombs at them and tried to, in the governor’s words, “overrun” the police command post. Some protesters disputed that characterization, accusing police of aggravating the situation with heavy-handed tactics.

Nixon’s order didn’t say what role the troops will fill, whether they would be armed or when they would arrive.

More protests

Despite the added presence of the National Guard, there’s little reason to think protests will die down. Anger is palpable in Ferguson, especially after Friday’s release of records implicating Brown in a convenience store robbery shortly before he died.

Brown’s family has made “plain and clear” they don’t want anyone angry to riot, loot or resort to violence, attorney Anthony Gray said. But they do want people to stand with them and press for action.

“We’re asking the community … to please support us, stay with us, but do not get distracted,” Eric Davis, a cousin of Brown’s mother, said Friday. “We do not want to see any violence in the street.”

A midnight to 5 a.m. curfew remains in effect.

Investigation continues

St. Louis County police and the federal Justice Department are each looking into Brown’s shooting.

Ferguson police handed over the shooting investigation to the county to avoid any appearance of impropriety, city police Chief Thomas Jackson said last week.

President Barack Obama has the Justice Department, including the FBI, looking into the case as well.

FBI agents are in Ferguson conducting interviews, the Justice Department said, but don’t expect quick results.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said the investigation will take time to conduct but promised a “thorough and fair” analysis into whether any federal civil rights violations had occurred.

The police officer

Wilson, 28, who has six years on the force with no disciplinary issues on his record, is on paid administrative leave, authorities said.

Whether he’ll return to duty is uncertain. He would have to undergo two psychological evaluations first, authorities said.

Law officials have described Wilson as “very shaken.” He was briefly taken to the hospital following the confrontation with Brown for treatment of an injury that left his face swollen, according to Jackson.

“He’s devastated. He never intended for this to happen,” Jackson said. “He was a gentleman. A quiet officer. He is and has been an excellent police officer.”

Michael Brown’s family

They’ve hired lawyers and expressed outrage at how the police have handled things, including Friday’s simultaneous release of the officer’s name and surveillance video from the day of the shooting that showed a man identified in police documents as Brown roughing up a convenience store clerk while purportedly stealing cigars.

The family and critics of the department have accused police of trying to damage Brown’s character. Jackson said he released both the officer’s name and the video because the media requested it.

The family has conceded their son wasn’t “a perfect kid,” said family attorney Daryl Parks.

The family and their attorneys, however, took strong exception to the department’s actions.

“Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piecemeal information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight,” the family and their attorneys said in a statement.

“There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender,” the statement said.

What about the community?

Schools in Ferguson and two nearby districts — Jennings and Riverview Gardens — will be closed Monday due to the ongoing violence, CNN affiliate KMOV reported Monday.

With all the chaos, businesses have also been affected. More looting was reported overnight in the adjacent city of Dellwood. Several businesses have been ransacked, some burned.

“I know that people are upset, but is this the justice for Mike Brown?” the owner of a looted store asked KMOV. The station showed bullet holes in the store’s facade, broken windows and destruction inside.

“All the small businesses, now they’re running them out, and then people will complain later on and say there are no businesses in their neighborhood,” the owner said. “I can’t survive like this.”


  • Nuclear Mike

    Now…the protesters, looters, rioters, shooters and arsonists have earned the response of combat hardened troops of the Missouri National Guard.

    NO longer is there any relevance to the Brown situation, black anarchy is now the rule of the streets in Ferguson, spurned on by the national new Media such as CNN in there their “lynching mode of the facts”.

    The injuries and deaths that may now occur are solely the results of the national news Media’s thirst for ratings & advertisement dollars fanning the black anarchy into a storm of rage against a civilized society.

    • B

      Don’t forget Sharptons massive crap stirring spoon! Half of these people don’t even know who he is, all he sees in Ferguson are dollar signs.
      Its time for a zero tolerance policy in Ferguson! Rioters are ruining innocent peoples lives, and they say they are doing it for Michael Brown?! Its nothing more than an excuse for them to act like complete thugs (to put it nicely), in front of a camera on top of that. Notice the videos of them hanging out of vehicles, dancing on top of cars with beer, smoking pot in the streets, taking whatever they want, its nothing more to them than a big party where they can do whatever they want, and justify it (in their minds) because a cop shot a 18yr old black man, absolutely disgusting! Rioters of Ferguson, you are a poo stain on America! You do not deserve to live in this country, you should be shot on-site from here out for any act of violence in the streets!
      Let the real protesters be heard for Brown if you actually care about the situation, which we all know the majority of the people causing problems could care less about him or his family.

  • What You Say

    So they complained about the police having “military style” gear and brought in the troopers, now the troopers can’t handle it and the national guard steps in. What type of “gear” do you think the national guard will have at their disposal? Definitely more than just billy clubs. You think the NG is going to stand around and not respond while molotov cocktails and bullets are heading their way? Heck no!

    How do you expect to gain acceptance and equality when you are looting the working people (most of them in this case are probably first generation or second generation immigrants who are truly working towards their american drem) of their livelihood and burning down all that they have worked for?

    Now that the anointed one has to cut his vacation short, this is going to really russle their jimmies! How dare they interrupt the much needed rest of the great one?!

  • Ray

    “The family and critics of the department have accused police of trying to damage Brown’s character” ——————————– How do you damage someone’s character if they are a thug who robs stores and assaults storeowners which is on videotape? What they dont like is that the video proves that the loveable child who wouldnt hurt a fly according to them actually was just the opposite.

    “The family has conceded their son wasn’t “a perfect kid,” said family attorney Daryl Parks.” —– the video proved that point exactly

    “Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piecemeal information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight,” the family and their attorneys said in a statement.” ——- Well his supporters were contending that he was an innocent child not a 6’4 280 pound thug who went around robbing stores and assaulting the owners either..There was no character to assasinate but the true nature of the individual was revealed which is what makes the supporters mad…He was a bad kid and got shot…He would of met this fate sooner or later anyway if he kept up this behavior.

  • Betty

    Just heard Greg Screws report that today’s autopsy report ‘supported’ the theory that the 18 year old was raising his arms to surrender when shot. I watched that same report on national news today and heard different takes on that report and none confirmed what Greg said. The one thing I pulled away from that report was that there were no firm findings from the second autopsy to determine what actually happened during the shooting. The only thing that seemed to be cleared up was that the man was not shot in the back. Why does the media report like this? What is gained?

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