Governor Nixon declares Ferguson a state of emergency
FERGUSON, MO August 16, 2014 – The Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and implemented a curfew in Ferguson as a result of the uncontrolled chaos coming from the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Nixon made this announcement during a press conference with reporters. “If we’re going to have justice, we must first have and maintain peace,” “The eyes of the world are watching.” This is a test of whether a community […] can break the cycle of fear, distrust and violence and replace them with peace, strength and ultimately justice. It will not happen in one night, but that is where we will start,” he said. The curfew schedule will be midnight to 5 a.m. local time Sunday.
Nixon went into more details about the decision stating that after hours of peaceful protesting, a few groups took to the streets intending to commit crimes and endanger people. “We will not allow a handful of looters to endanger the rest of this community,” he said. Local authorities have taken the lead in the investigation into last week’s deadly shooting, while the FBI is running an inquiry into possible federal civil rights violations.
The FBI’s Special Agent in charge William Woods, in St. Louis released a statement late Friday, saying “Over the next several days, teams of FBI agents will be canvassing the neighborhood where the shooting took place to identify any individuals who may have information related to the shooting and have not yet come forward,” the officials said. Many people in Ferguson, Missouri feel like their will be no peace until the officer who shot the teenager is in jail.
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