Over-reaction? Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency, Calls Out National Guard, in Advance of Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision

state of emergency 11-17-14On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of Saint Louis, an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, after a struggle and while Brown was either running away or running back toward Wilson, and either had his arms raised in surrender or did not.

With a grand jury decision on indicting Wilson imminent, Governor Jay Nixon, concerned about violent protests if the grand jury doesn’t indict (some protests over this case have already turned violent), will send National Guard troops to Saint Louis, where according to Saint Louis’s mayor, they will take only a secondary role behind the city’s police department (which of course can change depending on circumstances).

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Published in: on November 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm  Comments (3)  

3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. IMO, no ‘might’ about it. The amount of violence can’t help but go up with the military involved.

  2. Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
    We’re finally on our own.
    This summer I hear the drumming,
    One dead in Ferguson.

    Gotta get down to it
    Soldiers are cutting us down
    Should have been done long ago.
    What if you knew him
    And found him dead on the ground
    How can you run when you know?

    Gotta get down to it
    Soldiers are cutting us down
    Should have been done long ago.
    What if you knew him
    And found him dead on the ground
    How can you run when you know?

    Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
    We’re finally on our own.
    This summer I hear the drumming,
    One dead in Ferguson.

  3. Where’s the option for it’s impossible to know what’s the right response.


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