Ferguson Governor Declares State of Emergency & Issues Curfew

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Iyana Robertson / August 16, 2014

Tensions have come to a head in Ferguson, MO today as looters began raiding shops in the city. Following a predominantly peaceful day yesterday (Aug. 15), things took a more radical turn last night and into this morning. Though some residents attempted to intervene, store windows – including the liquor store where Mike Brown was accused of robbery – were broken and items stolen. Unauthorized tear gas was used on the masses by police. Governor Jay Nixon held a press conference this afternoon to announce that a state of emergency has been declared in Ferguson, according to The Huffington Post. He also enacted a curfew that will last from midnight until 5 a.m. Tanks and tear gas are not expected to be used to enforce the curfew. “If we’re going to have justice, we must first have and maintain peace,” Nixon said this afternoon. “The eyes of the world are watching.” Nixon also claims that the U.S. Department of Justice has increased the manpower working on its investigation of Brown’s shooting. Photo Credit: Reuters