Gov. Nixon: Ferguson ‘in Ruins,’ ‘We Must Do Better and We Will’

‘Kids scared to go outside and play, what they have gone through is unacceptable — No one should have to live like this’

"Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community – burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing store fronts, and looting family businesses – many for the second time. I am deeply saddened for the people of Ferguson who woke up this morning to see parts of their community in ruins. I just came from West Florissant, and it’s a heart-breaking sight. Seniors afraid to leave the house. School canceled. Kids scared to go outside and play.

What they’ve gone through is unacceptable. No one should have to live like this. No one deserves this. We must do better and we will. This morning and into this afternoon, I met with Guard and law enforcement leaders. All agree that the violence we saw in the areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated.

That is why, in order to protect lives and property, we are bringing more resources to Ferguson and other parts of the region to prevent a repetition of the lawlessness experienced overnight. The National Guard presence will be ramped up significantly in Ferguson and ensuring that they are ready to act quickly to prevent violence."


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