Sen. Schmitt: Committee Not Satisfied with Nixon’s National Guard Explanation

Bill Reker

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Sen. Eric Schmitt sums-up the first meeting of a joint committee looking into why the Missouri National Guard was not used on the night of arson and looting in Ferguson:

“It raised more questions than answers,” he says.

Schmitt says the committee is not satisfied with Gov. Jay Nixon’s explanation that he feared a Kent State-type scenario.

“Those folks are trained to kill. That’s what soldiers are trained to do,” Nixon said at recent news conference.

What gnaws at Schmitt is something the governor himself said before that night concerning the Guard and their role in protecting firefighters.

“He actually had a press conference prior to the non-indictment coming out, where he said the National Guard had been trained for this very purpose,” Schmitt says.

But the senator says firefighters didn’t realize they weren’t getting back up from the Guard until they attempted to put out flames and had to back off out of fear.

“They only found that out once bullets were screaming at their heads,” he says.

Schmitt says both Democrats and Republicans on the committee are not satisfied with what they’ve heard so far.

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