Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking every precaution and covering all the bases by declaring a state of emergency on Monday in order to prepare for the repercussions that could be levied in response to the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown.
Nixon clearly states that the “possibility of expanded unrest” is the main reason for the executive order. He also acknowledges that people do have the right to peaceful and orderly demonstrations but that the safety of citizens and businesses has to be secured.
The Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay echoed the same sentiment and confirmed that the National Guard will provide troops to patrol the city in addition to the efforts of the local police. The state of emergency will be in effect for a period of 30 days unless there is a need to extend it.
Slay also promised that the National Guard troops will not be utilized as a way to intimidate the protestors but rather as a cushion in case things get out of hand.
Ferguson has been categorized as a war zone by the media after the initiation of protests following Michael Brown’s killing by a police officer claiming self-defense even though the teen was unarmed. The demonstrations started off peaceful but quickly escalated to violence due to the unyielding tension between law enforcement and protestors.
Slay emphasizes that the troops “are needed for visibility and deterrence”. Adding that it is sensible to be prepared for the worse case scenario.