Missouri Governor Sends National Guard To Ferguson As Unrest Continues

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer ignited tensions in Ferguson, Mo., and around the nation. Continued coverage here.

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St. Louis County medical examiner will not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.


The St. Louis County medical examiner’s officer told BuzzFeed Monday that their autopsy showed Michael Brown died from gunshots wounds, but “we’re not confirming the number, direction, or toxicology.”

The Washington Post is reporting that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died according to a person “who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.”

The St. Louis County medical examiner said they were aware of the article, but would not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.

In a statement, Gov. Jay Nixon said there will not be a curfew Monday night and the National Guard’s mission will be “limited.”


Last night, Ferguson, Missouri experienced a very difficult and dangerous night as a result of a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community. As long as there are vandals and looters and threats to the people and property of Ferguson, we must take action to protect our citizens.

Following coordinated attacks last night both on civilians and law enforcement officers, I signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson. The Guard’s immediate and limited responsibilities under the direction of Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are to provide protection, and ensure the safety of our Unified Command Center, which was the target last night of a coordinated attack. The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason will oversee Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

With these additional resources in place, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will continue to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness and violence, and protect the civil rights of all peaceful citizens to make their voices heard. We will not use a curfew tonight.

Again, I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw last night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified Command Center.

We are all frustrated and looking for justice to be achieved regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown. As the dual investigations continue into what happened nine days ago at Canfield Green, we must defend Ferguson from these violent interlopers so that the peaceful protests can operate in peace and the search for answers and justice can continue.

Volunteers cleaning up after looting, violence in Ferguson.

Tyrell Mosley, his daughter, McKayla, 9, and son Demarre, 6, cleaned up debris along West Florissant Avenue. More Photos Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters

Attorneys and the forensic team who performed autopsy confirm Michael Brown was shot “at least six times, maybe more,” say the “kill shot” went from back to front.

 

Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family said Monday that the “kill shot” that struck Brown in the apex of his head went from a “back to front position,” which is consistent with eyewitness accounts that Brown was surrendering when he was shot by officer Darren Wilson.

The experts who conducted the autopsy on behalf of the Brown family, Dr. Michael Baden and professor Shawn Parcells, forensic pathologist assistant, confirmed that Brown was shot at least six times.

Federal investigators are expected to conduct their autopsy today or tomorrow, Baden said.

“All of the gunshot wounds were survivable except the one at the top of the head that went through the brain,” Baden said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the National Guard to Ferguson late Sunday without letting the White House know first, Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.


“Folks didn’t know,” an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. “The White House did not know they were sending it in.”

Family of Michael Brown will hold a press conference Monday to discuss the results of a private autopsy.


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Ferguson schools postpone first day of school citing safety concerns for students.


Monday was supposed to the first day of school for students in the Ferguson-Florissant school district. However, early Monday morning, school officials announced that the district would postpone the start of school year because of concerns for its students safety.

Officials posted a statement on Facebook:

Due to continuing unrest in some areas of Ferguson, and in the interest of the safety of students and families, all schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be closed Monday, August 18.

Information we received from officials on the scene late Sunday evening has contributed to concerns we have about children walking to school or waiting for buses on streets impacted by this activity, debris on the roads that could impact transportation, and continued disruption affecting our students and families in the area.

While our teachers, principals and administration are eager to welcome our students back to school and to begin the 2014-2015 school year, the safety of students is our primary concern.

NAACP asks violent individuals to stop disrupting the Ferguson protests, calls for police racial profiling training.


Esther Haywood, president St. Louis County NAACP, said Monday in a statement:

We want the individuals that may appear to have a private agenda to cause disruption and chaos within the community to stop. We do not want peaceful protestors to appear that they are causing violence and rioting when incidents are being caused by a small group of individuals that are using this tragedy as an opportunity. Although the National Guard being present will cause many inconveniences for the community, we support Governor Nixon’s effort to maintain safety, law and order.

The NAACP is also calling for a formal apology from city of Ferguson to the family of Michael Brown, a state investigation of every Municipal Police Department in St. Louis County that has had a history of police brutality, and for all St. Louis County Police to undergo racial profiling training in the wake of the shooting.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing National Guard resources to Ferguson to “help restore peace and order.”

Gov. Nixon’s statement:


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. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center. 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. 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.

During a police briefing at 2:15 a.m. ET, Capt. Johnson said multiple Molotov cocktails were thrown and gunshots were fired at police. He emphasized that the violence began more than three hours before the curfew took effect.

He also said two or three civilians were injured by gunshots in non-officer-related shootings. No police officers were injured.

Johnson said several people were arrested for failing to disperse, but would not give an exact number on how many people were arrested.

At midnight local time the curfew for Ferguson goes into effect.

Tensions were high in Ferguson after reports of gunshots around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday night. Police initially said several people were injured, but other reports said the sound came from fireworks.

At least five people were taken to hospitals with injuries, one police officer said.

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Michael Brown was shot at least six times, the New York Times reported Sunday night.


The findings come from a preliminary private autopsy performed at his family’s request, the Times reported. Brown was struck twice in the head and four times in the arm, according to the report, and all the bullets appeared to hit the front of his body.

Officers in riot gear met the growing crowd with tear gas and an advancing line of armored vehicles by 9:30 p.m. ET.

The heavy police response hours before curfew caught many by surprise.

The tear gas hit protesters, journalists, and at least one child.

According to police, the response came after protesters threw Molotov cocktails.

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