Missouri Governor Deploys National Guard to Ferguson After Violent Clashes With Police 

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 18 2014 2:55 AM

Missouri Governor Deploys National Guard to Ferguson After Violent Clashes With Police  

A woman has her face doused with milk after suffering the effects of tear gas used by police in Ferguson

Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Update, 2:55 a.m.: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deploying the National Guard to Ferguson after a day of protests turned into yet another night of clashes with the police. Early Monday morning, Nixon’s office announced the governor had signed an executive order “directing additional resources through the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson.”

The governor’s statement:

Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk.  I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center.  These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes. Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.

Update, 2:40 a.m.: A little more than an hour into the curfew in Ferguson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in the St. Louis suburb, said police had no choice but to “elevate the level of our response” because of “premeditated criminal acts designed to … provoke a response.” Molotov cocktails were thrown, people shot at officers and looted several stores, Johnson said. “We had to act to protect lives and property,” he added. No officers were injured.

“A Sunday that started with prayers and messages of unity and justice took a different turn after dark,” Johnson said. The deterioration of what had been a peaceful protest began at around 8:26 p.m. with the shooting of a civilian. That was followed by a quick succession of shootings, injuring “two or three” people. “Seven or eight” people were arrested.  

By the time Johnson spoke to reporters, the situation seemed much more calm in Ferguson, and the streets appeared to be mostly empty as journalists on the ground say police were arresting people out past the curfew that is in place until 5 a.m.

Original post, 11:41 p.m.: Things turned violent very quickly in Ferguson tonight, with clashes between protesters and police escalating to a new high, mere hours before the curfew was set to take effect at midnight. The turn seems to have caught everyone off guard with a peaceful march suddenly becoming violent when a group of protesters approached a police staging area. Police proceeded to fire tear gas at the crowd that included children, and a CNN reporter says he personally saw police fire rubber bullets at an approaching protester.

The police say some protesters were violent and even threw Molotov cocktails.* Many on the ground are questioning the claims, but a CNN producer also said he witnessed shots fired at the police.

At least two reporters were briefly arrested, the Telegraph’s Rob Crilly and Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko.

There were also multiple reports of shots fired but things remain unclear and at least some of the reported gunfire was actually fireworks.

*Correction, Aug. 17, 2014: The post originally included a tweet relating to Molotov cocktails that was from Aug. 14. It has been removed.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.