Gov. Nixon issues state of emergency, curfew in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. – Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for Ferguson Saturday afternoon and announced a new curfew for the town.

The curfew, which will be imposed starting Saturday night, runs from midnight-5 a.m.

Nixon said that Friday night there was a number of peaceful protesters in the streets of Ferguson, but there were a few who wished ill will on the city and caused violence.

The update with the governor and Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who has been charged with security in Ferguson, soon turned more to an emotion-filled crowd who demanded updates on the investigation.

"You need to charge officer with murder," one person yelled, "That will bring peace to the city."

Nixon said his focus is on security and was not able to say whether he had the power to remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the case.

Congressman Lacy Clay explained to the audience that McCulloch would be able to bring state charges, if warranted, against Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

He also said that he asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this week to have the Justice Department handle the investigation.

The FBI will have a parallel investigation with the state for civil rights violations. The Justice Department will also send special prosecutors to aid in the local investigation.

Captain Ron Johnson said the curfew would stand and that there would not be tear gas or trucks used, but instead, he said there will be open communication.

Friday night, a can of tear gas and more looting hit the streets of Ferguson.

Johnson said he is asking for those groups who have been helping to keep people off of the streets to continue to help.


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