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Mo. governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

BY NIGEL DUARA AND JIM SUHR

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

"These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes," Nixon said in a statement.

The latest confrontations came on the same day that Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown, and as a preliminary private autopsy reported by The New York Times found that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

As night fell in Ferguson Sunday, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated and the streets were empty well before the midnight curfew.

"Based on the conditions, I had no alternative but to elevate the level of response," said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is command in Ferguson. At least two people were wounded in shootings, he said.

The "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding Brown's death and a request by his family prompted the Justice Department's decision to conduct a third autopsy, agency spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. The examination was to take place as soon as possible, Fallon said.

The results of a state-performed autopsy would be taken into account along with the federal examination in the Justice Department investigation, Fallon said.

Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, told The New York Times that one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting that his head was bent forward when he suffered a fatal injury.

Brown was also shot four times in the right arm, and all the bullets were fired into his front, Baden said.

The Justice Department already had deepened its civil rights investigation into the shooting. A day earlier, officials said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door gathering information in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown was shot to death Aug. 9.

A federally conducted autopsy "more closely focused on entry point of projectiles, defensive wounds and bruises" might help that investigation, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who supervised the criminal civil rights section of Miami's U.S. attorney's office.

Federal authorities also want to calm any public fears that no action will be taken on the case, Weinstein said.

Police have said little about the encounter between Brown and the officer, except to say that it involved a scuffle in which the officer was injured and Brown was shot. Witnesses say the teenager had his hands in the air as the officer fired multiple rounds.

Sunday's clashes in Ferguson erupted three hours before the curfew imposed by Nixon. Officers in riot gear ordered all the protesters to disperse, and many did, but about 100 stood about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley of tear gas.

Protesters laid a line of cinder blocks across the street in an apparent attempt to block police vehicles, which easily plowed through. Someone set a trash bin on fire, and the crackle of gunfire could be heard from several blocks away.

Within two hours, most people had been cleared off West Florissant Avenue, one of the community's main thoroughfares. The streets remained quiet as the curfew began. It was to remain in effect until 5 a.m.

Earlier in the day, Johnson said he had met members of Brown's family and the experience "brought tears to my eyes and shame to my heart."

"When this is over," he told the crowd, "I'm going to go in my son's room. My black son, who wears his pants sagging, who wears his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms, but that's my baby."

Johnson added: "We all need to thank the Browns for Michael. Because Michael's going to make it better for our sons to be better black men."

The protests have been going on since Brown's death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters and prompting Nixon to put the state highway patrol in charge of security.

Ferguson police waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store shortly before he was killed. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know Brown was a robbery suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

The officer who shot Brown has been identified as Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him. Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, and the department has refused to comment on his whereabouts. Associated Press reporters have been unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

More on Ferguson:
Private autopsy reveals Brown was shot 6 times
Credibility concerns grow in Mo. shooting probe


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blackbelt.ron August 18 2014 at 10:40 AM

NO SHOTS TO THE BACK...!
As claimed by the dead thug's pal..!
All bullets entered as the black thug attacked the police officer.
4 shots to an arm -
But thug kept attacking ---
Then the continued attack -
Two shots were put in the head.
All shots now proven
Justified - Justified - Justified.
The cop did his job......
NOW
MAYBE
WHITES
SHOULD
RIOT...!!!!

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plewdawg August 18 2014 at 6:33 AM

They will keep doing what they are doing as long as they KNOW they can get away with it. Declare Martial LAw, set a curfew and say anyone caught looting or rioting will be shot on sight.

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BroPower August 18 2014 at 10:55 AM

Many on here
are calling these
rioting, looting blacks
- "animals" -
I don't see these blacks
as wild animals -
I see these blacks as
- Homeland Terrorists -
and as such should be eliminated from our great country.
NOT ALL BLACKS --
Just these terrorist thug blacks.
Blacks are 12% of America's population but commit over 77%
of all crimes in our country.
And those blacks
committing the crimes are
around 3% of the black population.
It's time to remove them.
Act like an animal,
get treated like an animal.
Act as a terrorist --
Get exterminated like a terrorist..!

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n_parmelee1 BroPower August 18 2014 at 11:20 AM

I worked corrections---black 3 out of 5 inmates. WITH ATTITUDES included.

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muzpuf BroPower August 18 2014 at 2:10 PM

Charles manson .... don gotti and Timothy McVeigh white criminals who also belong in jail .white people go to prison also

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b4score August 18 2014 at 6:58 AM

They want justice. What about justice for all the damage they are doing. al ******** and jesse jackhole should be held accountable for all of this rioting.

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dollie b4score August 18 2014 at 9:55 AM

tea con. it all boils down to a nazi cop executing a teenager in broad daylight and leaving his body on the hot concrete for 4 hours.

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n_parmelee1 b4score August 18 2014 at 11:14 AM

All Sharpton needs is a "BLACK HOODIE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DeLoris August 18 2014 at 7:25 AM

One pic shows black kids wearing t-shirts that say "stop killing us". They should wear t-shirts that say stop robbing people and killing each other! As far as I am concerned, this is one more "Travon" we don't have to deal with! I for 1 am sick to death of "punks", no matter what color!

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RHReese August 18 2014 at 6:20 AM

Johnson told the crowd, "I'm going to go in my son's room. My black son, who wears his pants sagging, who wears his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms, but that's my baby." Yea, what a crip baby he is too. You would think he would have taught his son better. Sounds like he just let his son go wild on himself. If you can't respect yourself how in the world are you going to respect anyone else? What he described about his son is what is wrong with the youth of this country and should not be acceptable behavior.

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Laurie RHReese August 18 2014 at 7:23 AM

Not all youth. Just the ones who have parents like Brown and Johnson.

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dollie RHReese August 18 2014 at 9:53 AM

its a free country unless you forgot that

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eaglephoenix2 August 18 2014 at 9:15 AM

What a shame to those residendts who want no part of this and want these protestors and rioters out of their neighborhoods. They have children, jobs, and basic needs - like simply going to the grocery store. Their constitutional rights to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are being trampled on. Put the protestors in a football stadium with a live msnbc feed so they can rant and demand 24 hours. Free the innocent 'slaves to terror' being held in Ferguson.

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jnlm1963 August 18 2014 at 7:06 AM

YOU COULD TELL....THIS AIN'T THE NYPD RUNNING THE SHOW...WHAT A JOKE PUT ON BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND NEWS MEDIA!!!

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STAN August 18 2014 at 9:54 AM

I love the picture of the woman being water boarded with milk, just to rich.

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terbob3 August 18 2014 at 10:46 AM

Capt. Johnson needs to be removed. He has shown by his actions and his statements that he has already determined the officer is guilty and that Big Mike did nothing wrong. I say BS. He needs to go!

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