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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of the expected verdict in the Michael Brown shooting case which is said to arrive this week.
Along with the state of emergency the Governor activated the National Guard through executive order to aid law enforcement in its handling of the expected protesting and rioting that will result from the upcoming release of the verdict.
The following is a news release from Governor Jay Nixon:
“Gov. Jay Nixon today signed an executive order activating the Missouri National Guard to 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. The Governor said the Guard will provide support for law enforcement’s objectives of maintaining safety and protecting constitutional rights.
“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,” Gov. Nixon said. “These additional resources will support law enforcement’s efforts to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech. The National Guard is well-suited to provide security at command posts, fire stations and other locations as well as perform other functions that will free up law enforcement officers to remain focused on community policing and protecting constitutional rights.”
Folks within Ferguson and neighboring towns are expecting violence to break out from the resulting verdict.
Residents have been arming themselves in recording numbers with personal protective firearms over the past few weeks in anticipation of the Brown case’s end.
Police have also been gearing up for the expected violence since August, spending over $100,000 in body armor, tear gas, handcuffs and other crowd control items.
Organizers of protests that took place on Sunday in Ferguson have said themselves that violence can not be ruled out if Darren Wilson is not indicted.
“Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice. The rioting and looting, while I didn’t participate in it, was necessary. Without it we would not be standing here today,” Rockit Ali, an organizer of Sunday’s demonstration told Reuters. “There is no revolution without violence.”
The Justice for Michael Brown protest group has released a list of potential targets following the St. Louis Court House decision.
From the Gateway Pundit:
The published map shows expected landmarks like the Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse.
But it also marks things that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation, like Anheuser Busch and Boeing.
Most telling thing is the mark for Emerson Electric. Emerson has been in Ferguson for at least 50 years, long before Ferguson became a minority municipality. Yet not only do they mark Emerson they make note of the CEO’s salary. Maybe they’re mutating into an extortion group straight out of the playbook of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition?
It seems like the senseless destruction of property like we saw initially after the Michael Brown shooting took place is on the horizon.
Another seemingly senseless move by the organizing protesters is the boycotting of regional retailers during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday if Darren Wilson is found not guilty of murdering Michael Brown.
From Boston to LA, police departments are bracing for unrest following the court’s decision with protests on the day of and day after the release of the verdict scheduled in nearly all 50 states.
This article originally appeared on Eyes Open Report.