Gov. Orders "Systematic" Withdrawal of National Guard From Ferguson

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called for a "systematic" recalling of the state's National Guard from policing protests in Ferguson. The order follows a night of relative peace in the St. Louis suburb, where tensions remain high, but violence appears to be diminishing.

"I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson," Nixon said in his statement. "As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson."

According to Nixon's order, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County police, and St. Louis City police "will continue its mission to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness while protecting the rights of all peaceful citizens."

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