An Illinois Army National Guard staff sergeant has been arrested on aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.
The Missouri National Guard referred to protestors in Ferguson last year as “enemy forces” and “adversaries,” according to documents obtained by CNN.
St. Louis area authorities planning for a grand jury announcement sought unsuccessfully to station National Guard troops and armored Humvees in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot by a policeman, according to records released.
“It raised more questions than answers,” he says.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cited the shooting of four Kent State University student protestors 45 years ago by Ohio National Guard troops as a reason he did not make greater use of Missouri’s National Guard in Ferguson.
Eureka Fire Chief Greg Brown and St. Louis County Chief of Special Operations Matt LaVanchy told the committee firefighters were shot at during the unrest and, as a result, were told to stand down, even though residents needed their help.
The chair of a joint legislative committee vows an aggressive investigation into why Missouri’s governor did not use National Guard troops to protect businesses in the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer.
“I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted, I screamed out words that I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment,” he said in a statement.
The Missouri National Guard is scaling back its presence in the St. Louis area after being deployed to help provide security after violent protests.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now says a special legislative session will not be necessary to pay for the public safety response to protests in the St. Louis area.