FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago.

Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not allow a handful of looters to endanger the community. The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m.

Tensions in Ferguson flared late Friday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown and documents alleging Brown robbed a store before he died.

Nixon also said the U.S. Department of Justice is beefing up its investigation of the shooting.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said there were 40 FBI agents going door-to-door talking to people who might have seen or have information about the shooting.

Nixon and Johnson spoke at a church in Ferguson, where they were interrupted repeatedly by people demanding justice and objecting to the curfew.

Johnson assured those in attendance that police would communicate with protesters and give them ample opportunity to observe the curfew.

“You saw people sitting in the street and they had the chance to get up,” he said. “And that’s how it’s going to continue.”

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11 thoughts on “State of Emergency, Curfew Declared in Ferguson

  1. All this for what, he had a record a mile long strong arm robbery, fight with police and was kilt. So the moral of this story and thousands of others = destroy everything. This is the mindset of primitive parasites. No excuses. Black Panthers come in and preach violence, to what end? You all have been pimped AGAIN. Please continue your mindless rampage you’ll all be living in cardboard boxes. All the tax paying citizens should move out and see how you adjust to life with “Entitlements”.

  2. Sharon Jones on said:

    Matters your name calling, lets be clear: he didn’t deserve to be executed by that murder. You wake up, you should be smarter than your posted comments.

  3. My heart goes out to Brown’s parents. No one wants to lose their child under any circumstances. On another IMPORTANT note….I wish that we in the (so-called) Black community would have a MAJOR PROTEST regarding Black brothers killing each other in every major city in high numbers. For the record I’ve blogged about this for several years; but apparently no one has been listening. Also for the record I said (so-called) Black community because all Black people don’t live in predominantly black communities. I for one lives in a racially mixed neighborhood. Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and a few

  4. johnnie on said:

    Don’t get this twisted I believed that we need law enforcement and I find nothing wrong in what they are doing to enforced the laws of the land. But I do have a problem that most of the shooting of Black males are by White officers. Everybody step back and look at this picture, there are Black Police officers and why they not shooting Black males. Do we Black males pose such a threat that it is shooting first and asks later.

    • @johnnie: Keeping it real….NOT ALL ; but it appears that A LOT of police officers have aggressive personalities. UNFORTUNATELY It seems as though it comes with the territory. I’ve been told by several people that are close to an officer that the rate of domestic abuse is high among officers.

      • Sharon Jones on said:

        Plus, they have CONTROL issues. They are a gang in every aspect. Abuse of POWER, is common place.

  5. I agree, a State of Emergency should have been declared. I believe in the right to protest but these protest are being used by SOME people to break the law by looting and destroy property. They need to go home and stay home and wait for the other police agency and the Feds to do their jobs.

    • Paris: So true but unfortunately you are preaching to he crowd here because I’d venture to say tat most people on this site (already) know what you are saying is true. Obviously looters aren’t rational thinking people. There are always BAD APPLES in every crowd.

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