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Governor: No curfew tonight in Ferguson; National Guard will protect police command center

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said there will be no curfew tonight in Ferguson, where a rotating series of official responses to protests have failed to end looting and violence late at night.

The Missouri National Guard, called in early this morning by Nixon to help keep order in Ferguson, will be used to protect the police command center, according to the governor’s office.

Nixon said the guard’s role will be limited to protecting the command center in the Westfall shopping center, formerly Northland, on West Florissant. Police officials said the command center was the destination of protesters who were met with tear gas Sunday evening.

“The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission,” Nixon said in a statement.

He also said, “I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw (Sunday) night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified Command Center.”

– Staff, 12:40 p.m. Monday

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