Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addresses the media in Ferguson, Missouri

AP

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is taking every precaution and covering all the bases by declaring a state of emergency on Monday in order to prepare for the repercussions that could be levied in response to the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown.

Nixon clearly states that the “possibility of expanded unrest” is the main reason for the executive order. He also acknowledges that people do have the right to peaceful and orderly demonstrations but that the safety of citizens and businesses has to be secured.

The Mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay echoed the same sentiment and confirmed that the National Guard will provide troops to patrol the city in addition to the efforts of the local police. The state of emergency will be in effect for a period of 30 days unless there is a need to extend it.

Slay also promised that the National Guard troops will not be utilized as a way to intimidate the protestors but rather as a cushion in case things get out of hand.

Ferguson has been categorized as a war zone by the media after the initiation of protests following Michael Brown’s killing by a police officer claiming self-defense even though the teen was unarmed. The demonstrations started off peaceful but quickly escalated to violence due to the unyielding tension between law enforcement and protestors.

Slay emphasizes that the troops “are needed for visibility and deterrence”. Adding that it is sensible to be prepared for the worse case scenario.

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  • CoolChic

    The length white supremacy would go to defend a murderer. The Civil Rights Battle is not over, not even close.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Why cannot these residents move to a safer environment? The whites are not going to change. The christians will be as hateful as most christians are in the US.

    • ALM247

      Say what? So your solution is for the Black people to leave and let the racist people in the area take over? You think that the Black people in Ferguson should take on a self imposed apartheid?

      You can’t be Black. I’m glad that MLK didn’t think like you. Racist people are ALL over the entire country in the U.S. Moving is not the solution.

    • GeekMommaRants

      Yes! Our community from the South to the North for the same reason. Then we migrated South from the North. My point is why should anyone tolerate being treated that way.

      The town of Ferguson is almost bankrupt. The folks there will push the town into bankruptcy, no $$ for the pigs, they would loss their jobs.

    • habinerenmei

      I don’t think there is a places where Black people can move in this country where they will not have to encounter racism.

    • GeekMommaRants

      This is true, but I have received the same treatment by Africans and black Latins. This shows what movies and stereotypes are global and most believe what they see.