Missouri governor orders withdrawal of National Guard from Ferguson

by The Daily Lede

Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to begin it’s withdrawal from Ferguson, the scene of nearly two weeks of civil unrest stemming from the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a Ferguson police officer August 9th.

Nixon called for a systemic withdrawal of National Guard forces on Thursday, saying they’ve effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore trust between law enforcement and citizens.

Escalations of violence have subsided since the Guard’s arrival Monday bringing two days of relative calm to the area Wednesday and Thursday.  Those two days saw only a handful of arrests in the protest zone.

At least 163 arrests have been made in the protest zone since demonstrations began following the shooting death of Michael Brown August 9th.