National Guard called in after second night of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:11
After more than a week of violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the state's governor says the National Guard will be deployed to maintain control. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Missouri's governor said on Monday (August 18) he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order deploying the U.S. state militia, saying demonstrators had thrown Molotov cocktails and shot at police as well as a civilian, a description of the night's events diverging widely from some eyewitness accounts.
"It just started burning my face, couldn't breathe and just started losing kinda consciousness really, because it was so much tear gas being shot in the air just to disperse the crowd," said protester Key Smith.
"It was a peaceful demonstration and I'm still trying to figure out why they would try to shoot the tear gas when they were just peacefully walking and protesting," he added.
At a late night news briefing State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson explained the police tactics.
"Molotov cocktails were thrown, there were shootings, looting, vandalism and other acts of violence that clearly appear not to have been spontaneous," he said.
A midnight curfew was imposed for the second night in the tense St. Louis suburb hit by racially charged demonstrations, violence and looting since Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death on Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson.
At around dusk on Sunday, hundreds of protesters in Ferguson including families with young children fled to safety after police wearing gas masks and body armor fired tear gas and smoke canisters to scatter them hours ahead of the curfew.
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