The chaos in Ferguson has gotten so bad that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order deploying National Guard troops to the St. Louis suburb.
“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 … in restoring peace and order to this community,” Nixon said in a statement.
Fresh violence late Sunday marked some of the fiercest clashes yet between police and protesters furious over the death of the unarmed teenager.
And the tensions continued escalating after autopsy results revealed teenager Michael Brown was shot six times.
The tumult that led to an intensified police crackdown began with the shootings of two civilians Sunday night and continued after protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said.
“A Sunday that started with prayers … took a very different turn after dark,” Johnson said.
He said several businesses were vandalized or looted as peaceful protesters demonstrated against Brown’s death.
Such criminal acts were “pre-planned agitation,” not civil disobedience, he said.
“Based on these conditions, I had no alternative but to elevate the level of our response.”
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