Curfew imposed in Ferguson, Missouri
August 17 , 2014
Curfew was imposed in the suburban town of Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday 16 August, in the aftermath of the shooting of a teenager on 9 August.
A black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by a white local police officer on a street in the middle of the day. This incident was followed by looting, protests, and in-depth national media coverage about racial politics in the U.S. that has resulted in the situation on the ground becoming increasingly tense.
The Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon, declared a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m., as well as a state of emergency in Ferguson, near St. Louis.
Speaking to local community members at this town of about 22,000 people,Governor Nixon said “I'm committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail. If we're going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace.”
Meanwhile Ron Johnson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain, who is in charge of security of Ferguson, thanked local people who prevented looting of local stores and businesses on Saturday 16 August.
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