FERGUSON, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard will begin withdrawing from Ferguson at the orders of Gov. Jay Nixon.
The withdrawal will be "systematic" and coordinated with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Guard members were brought in Monday, the 10th day of unrest in the area following the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Guard was stationed at the Unified Command Center, which had been attacked by protesters on Sunday.
"I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson," said Gov. Nixon.
The Unified Command Center will continue to be staffed with members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and officers from St. Louis County, City, and other jurisdictions.