Missouri governor declares state of emergency over Ferguson riots

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares state of emergency and implements curfew in Ferguson.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   Aug. 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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FERGUSON, Mo., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented a curfew in Ferguson, Mo., where tensions are high after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed, black 18-year-old man.

Nixon signed the orders Saturday in response to days of rioting and nighttime looting and vandalization of businesses near where the shooting took place Aug. 9.

He said the orders were in response to the "very few" who had acted violently Friday night with the "intent of committing crimes and endangering citizens. That is unacceptable."

Nixon applauded "the courage and resolve of peaceful protesters who stood up against violent instigators."

During Nixon's press conference Saturday, activists shouted out and expressed anger over the shooting.

Residents in Ferguson have protested the shooting death Michael Brown by St. Louis County police officer Darren Wilson, calling the incident a racial issue.

The curfew is scheduled to run from midnight to 5 a.n.

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