State of Missouri to Investigate Ferguson’s Arsons

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says its investigators will help
Local Ferguson and St. Louis County Authorities investigate this werk’s violence.
Meanwhile missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued a Wednesday afternoon statement saying the increased use of the National Guard help improve the situation in ferguson Tuesday night.
“The ramped up presence and action of the Missouri National Guard has been helpful. I will continue to monitor the situation closely to determine whether additional resources are necessary to protect public safety. I thank the law enforcement officers and citizen soldiers for their hard work, especially during the holidays, to protect lives and property in Ferguson and throughout the region,” Nixon said, according to a statement.
Other related developments, according to the AP:
Ferguson business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared debris Wednesday after two nights of unrest – the second far less violent than the first – over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown’s death, even as protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations in the area.

THE LATEST: Police in St. Louis locked down City Hall and called in more than 100 extra officers after several protesters rushed into the building yelling “Shame! Shame!” Three people were arrested, including one on an assault charge.

The demonstrators were among of about 200 people who marched through downtown St. Louis and held a mock trial of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the unarmed Brown during an Aug. 9 struggle in that St. Louis suburb.

In Ferguson, about a dozen people painted over downtown businesses’ boarded-up windows while National Guardsmen looked on from posts every few feet along the street and on rooftops.

THE FINAL SAY? The U.S. Justice Department has its own investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges for Wilson, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department.

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