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US Okays Dispatch Of National Guard To Douse Missouri Tension


The United States (US) authorities have approved dispatch of the National Guard to the Ferguson town of Missouri, as protesters raged against Saturday, August 9 police shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown.

According to Governor Jay Nixon, the endorsement was aimed at restoring peace and order as well as protecting innocent citizens of the Ferguson city.

081314-national-police-missouri-shooting-brutalityThe over a week shooting by Darren Wilson (Police Officer)  has ignited a fierce clash between the civilians and the state Police, a development that forced placement of five hour curfew last Saturday. The curfew has since been lifted.

St Louis Police, a Ferguson suburb, indicated that they were left with no other better option than to prevent the demonstrators who they claimed launched attack against them. They also revealed several people sustained injuries while some arrests were made while the fracas lasted.

The build up to the violent protest dated Sunday August 10, after a candlelight vigil in memory of teen Brown, the sympathizers went on rampage, smashing automobile windscreens as well as looting commercial stores. This followed Police firing of tear gas and sporadic shooting of rubber bullets.

However, the Police video recording released last weekend showed late Brown’s stealing at a store. This prompted anger, hence the recent escalation which later culminated in declaring state of emergency on the rural Missouri



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