Missouri Gov.Jay Nixon announced Monday (Nov. 17) he would activate the Missouri National Guard. According to a press release, Nixon’s executive decision comes as a precautionary safety measure.
“…Support law enforcement during any period of unrest that might occur following the grand jury’s decision concerning the investigation into the death of Michael Brown, Nixon said. “As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision.”
News of the Missouri National Guard being called back to Ferguson, Mo., reaffirmed fears in members of the community near and far that officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown, would not be charged with a crime.
Along with the National Guard, CBS St. Louis reports Nixon also ordered the St.the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police Department and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will work together to maintain crowd control.
“All people in the St. Louis region deserve to feel safe in their communities and to make their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation,” Nixon said in the release.
The grand jury’s decision is expected to be handed down between now and the end of the month, CNN reports.