FERGUSON, Mo. - Governor Jay Nixon is hoping a curfew is the key to peaceful protests. But, his news conference announcing the curfew got so heated Saturday, he was barely able to answer questions.
Newschannel 5's Stephanie Diffin interviewed the governor one-on-one. He told her the looting and violence needs to stop. But, he admitted, those in charge are still working to figure out how to make that happen.
He said he believes the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew is at least part of the solution.
"Only when it got very, very, late is when that problem happened. So, that's why 12 to 5 tonight I think, putting a reset on it, making sure the residents have peace, and the business folks, I think is important," Nixon said.
Gov. Nixon says officers will be enforcing the curfew approaching midnight
"I think they're going to do everything they can as they approach midnight to get people off the street there in a peaceful way," he said.
The Governor also admits, the looting at the beginning of the week and then again last night, is proof those in charge are still trying to figure out the best way to handle the situation.
"When you're gauging the anger and the emotion and trying to allow people to channel that energy appropriately and still keep the peace, there are challenging balances," Nixon said.
You can view the full interview below.
Governor Jay Nixon discusses the state of emergency and the curfew imposed on Ferguson.