Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri ordered the National Guard to Ferguson, the suburb of St. Louis where Michael Brown was shot and killed a week ago, according to the New York Times on Monday. The protests over the shooting of the unarmed black teenager continued again on Sunday night. Prior to the newly assigned curfew to the town, police used tear gas to clear the protesters from the streets.
According to the state’s governor, the National Guard would assist local authorities in restoring peace and order to the town of Ferguson. With Sunday night’s disturbance in the streets of Ferguson, the unrest and protests began its second week. As far as the use of tear gas, police assert that the action was taken in response to the protesters’ gunfire, looting, and vandalism. The protesters were also hurling Molotov cocktails.
Gov. Nixon released a statement saying that these violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, as well as to the people of the Ferguson community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes. The latest battle between protesters and police occurred on the same day that Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on the deceased teenager. Yahoo! News has reported that the initial private autopsy found that Michael Brown was shot at least six times.
Two of the gunshots were to his head – and one of those shots hit the top of his head. There is speculation as how a gunshot, likely the fatal shot, entered the top of the head. It has been said that Brown was likely coming toward the officer with his head down when the shot that entered the top of his head was fired.
Unfortunately, the shootings taking place during the protests have left two other persons wounded. Those shootings were committed by civilians – not by the police. It has been said that Sunday night’s violence was the worst since the protests began nine days ago. Police needed to show their strongest show of force thus far as the police officers had come under assault from firebombs as well as gunfire.