Missouri Governor Lifts Curfew in Ferguson

After ordering the deployment of the state's National Guard to Ferguson, Mo. this morning, Governor Jay Nixon has also announced a reprieve from the midnight curfew he imposed for the town over the weekend.

From Nixon's statement:

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.

As violence between police and protesters in the town escalated over the weekend, Nixon declared a state of emergency and issued the curfew.

"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," Nixon said in his statement.

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