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Missouri Governor Orders National Guard to Ferguson

After another night of turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard to the embattled town Monday morning.

“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,” Nixon said per a statement from his office.

“These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes,” Nixon continued. “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 Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.”

Nixon’s executive order also allows the Highway Patrol to close streets as they deem necessary.

Sunday night saw some of the worst clashes between law enforcement, protestors, and reporters in the week’s worth of unrest since the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Read the full order HERE.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

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