Nixon had previously ordered a Midnight to 5AM curfew but it has not stopped the insanity. Sunday Night/Early Monday Morning shots were fired at police and Molotov Cocktails were thrown.
Though Ferguson has already been under an unofficial state of martial law, there is no more debate. The militarized police state is not technically the military, but now it can not be denied. Ferguson is under martial law.
Yamiche Alcindor reports this morning for USA Today:
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon early Monday ordered the National Guard into Ferguson hours after police said escalating violence led to shootings, arrests and “pre-planned” acts of aggression by protesters.
Nixon made the announcement following another night of clashes between police and protesters in the suburb of St. Louis.
Sunday night and early Monday morning, protesters shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers, looted local businesses and carried out a “coordinated attempt” to block roads and overrun the police’s command center, Nixon’s office said in a statement. The National Guard will “help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson,” the statement said.
Ferguson is out of control and the governor has reacted by requesting reinforcements. But, as already shown, the local police are equipped with military equipment and certain constitutional rights are already suspended.
Pray for Ferguson.
Pray for America.
Update: I wrote this at approximately 6AM this morning. Later in the day it was clarified that National Guard troops will be relieving police at checkpoints and will not be in the middle of the ‘hot zone’ for now. But we have to wonder how long that will last. -Dean