Nixon calls out National Guard to Ferguson

posted at 8:01 am on August 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Get ready for a real militarization in Ferguson, Missouri. After two nights of unrest following a softer approach by the state highway patrol, Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to deploy in Ferguson to enforce a midnight curfew. Nixon blamed outside agitators for the continuing confrontations in the street after the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager suspected of taking part in a strongarm robbery just before the fatal confrontation:

Missouri’s governor said on Monday he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order deploying the U.S. state militia, saying demonstrators had thrown Molotov cocktails and shot at police as well as a civilian, a description of the night’s events diverging widely from some eyewitness accounts.

“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk,” Nixon said in a statement on his website.

The commander of the state highway patrol, Captain Ron Johnson, went from hero to enemy in a few short hours after ordering action against would-be rioters before the curfew went into effect:

In a local church, people gave a standing ovation on Sunday afternoon to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

But hours later on W. Florissant Ave. — near where Officer Darren Wilson killed unarmed Michael Brown with six bullets — Johnson was seen as the enemy. …

The people of Ferguson rose to their feet and exploded in applause. They needed a hero.

But by 11 p.m., and a mile away, a small band of protesters again clashed with Capt. Johnson’s highway cops.

Police claim they were assaulted. They responded with tear gas.

Johnson explained why police, after falling back the previous night and allowing rioters to go on a rampage, responded with teargas and a more aggressive strategy last night and this morning. In part, Johnson insisted, it had to do with police forces defending themselves from attack by Molotov cocktails, as well as protecting the public and property:

Sunday night marked the second evening of a state-imposed midnight-5 a.m. curfew Nixon put in place, a decision he said was necessary to prevent looters from doing more damage but has been criticized by many in the Ferguson community and elsewhere.

Police officials have acknowledged that they fired several smoke canisters and at least one tear gas canister Sunday, and many of the hundreds of officers in Ferguson Sunday evening appeared in riot gear. Protesters said the police acted without being provoked, while the police reported that they were responding to gunfire and Molotov cocktails thrown by members of the crowd. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said one protester shot another and that the victim was listed in critical condition early Monday morning. He also said he was forced to “elevate the level” of police response after some crowd members threw bottles at officers.

In other Ferguson news, the Brown family released the results of a private autopsy conducted on a pro bono basis by Michael Baden. Brown was hit by at least six bullets in the shooting — but none of the bullets struck him from behind, as his friend claimed:

“There were at least six entry wounds, there might have been seven, but we’ll have to correlate that with what was found in the first autopsy,” Baden, who retired from the New York state police in 2011, told the Wall Street Journal.

He cautioned against drawing conclusions from the autopsy. “Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting,” he told the Times, but added: “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times.’”

He also told the Times about Brown’s head wounds.

“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating a wound at the top of Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”

Baden, 80, a veteran medical examiner who has performed 20,000 autopsies, reviewed the autopsies of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and hosted the HBO show “Autopsy,” said the bullets hit Brown in the front, but the absence of gunpowder showed they were not fired at close range. Baden also said nothing indicated Brown had been in an altercation. This seems to contradict the statements of Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who said the officer now identified as Darren Wilson grabbed Brown’s neck with one hand and shot him with the other.

So do the direction of the bullets. Johnson had claimed that Brown was running away with his hands up when he was shot. The hands-up posture has been adopted by protestors in Ferguson as a rebuke to the police for the shooting. However, the autopsy finding about the shot to the arm appears to contradict that part of Johnson’s statement as well:

The teen was struck once in the top of head, once in the forehead and four times in the arm, Dr. Baden said. Some of the shots to his arm went through the limb and entered his chest and lungs, according to Dr. Baden, who served for 25 years in the medical examiner’s office in New York City and another 25 years with the New York State Police before entering private practice.

If Brown’s arms were up when he was shot, then Johnson’s claim seems difficult to reconcile with this evidence, although Brown’s arms could have come down between shots, too. The lack of gunpowder suggests that Brown was at least some distance from Officer Darren Wilson when he was shot, though, which intensifies the question about the use of lethal force, given that Brown was unarmed at the time.

However, at least in Baden’s autopsy — performed on behalf of Brown’s family — Wilson didn’t shoot Brown as he fled, as Johnson claimed. That claim played a large part in stoking the rage that led to the riots. Perhaps the Department of Justice thinks it will find something more than Baden did in his autopsy, but Baden’s report and its provenance will be difficult to refute. Maybe the National Guard can calm the situation long enough for everyone to catch their breath and catch up to the facts in the case.


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National News: Seven people have been killed and at least 29 others wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, police said. Two people were killed and another wounded in what police said was a “domestic-related” shooting in Roseland late Sunday.

1 kid gets killed & MO goes beserk, looting, rioting, Jesse Jackson fund raising from the podium (for which he rightfully got booed)…7…SEVEN…people were murdered and another 29 others were injured in Chicago in 1 (ONE) evening – SILENCE! Where are the race-baitors, Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson? Where are the news cameras covering the black-on-black crime, covering how Chicago – run by Liberal ex-Obama freak Rham Emmanuel who has allowed his city to be turned into Dodge City or ‘Escape from L.A.’?

I echo the remarks of the pastor who ‘went off’ on all thr thugs and criminals who are vandalizing and looting the stores of innocents within their community who had nothing to do with this shooting of Brown — while ‘race’ has not 100% been proven as the reason Brown was killed, it has 100% been proven that the looting, vandalizing, pillaging, and extreme criminal acts SHAEFULLY perpetrated in the name of Brown’s death HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BROWN! These were/are the acts of mindless, undisciplined, low class criminal thugs / animals who are using Brown’s death as an EXCUSE to steal, burn, vandalize, and destroy! These people have done an injustice to the memory of Brown and to his grieving family.

easyt65 on August 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

SCHAD!

HonestLib on August 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Close, but no Bmore! Chuckle.

HonestLib on August 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Can the fascist apologists get any dumber?

corona79 on August 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Than you? Not possible. But then you’re as smart as the rest of the hammers in the box. Apologies to the hammers I have downstairs on my workbench.

pdigaudio on August 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sounds like the police officer was trying to put down Brown without ending his life by shooting him in the arms.

Also, no shots in the back.

sentinelrules on August 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

No officer would do that. He wasn’t aiming for his arm. He was aiming center mass but his aim was off due to other circumstances. Injuries, adrenalin dump, moving target, distance, ect….

Conservative4Ever on August 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

no head covering so the 4 shots to the arm and the 2 headshots would have left gunpowder residue on the body.

VegasRick on August 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

He had a hat on. We don’t know when he lost it though. In the video of the Strong-Armed Robbery he was clearly wearing a hat.

Conservative4Ever on August 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Dr. Baden Dumb a$$ concluded concludes:
1. There was no sign of struggle, utterly destroying Ferguson PD story Dumb a$$ is desperate to have worldview validated, dumb a$$ will make up facts in point 2 not only not on record, but proven to be false
2. Shots entering the hands indicate that Brown’s hands were up in a surrender position before the killing blows Dumb a$$ then proceeds to invent forensic evidence entirely in contradiction to the second autopsy report, which states there were shots through the arms (not hands) that also passed into the chest (meaning arms had to be down when shot)

libfreeordie on August 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Do you cry a little at night when you learn the black tragedy du jour wasn’t actually a shot to the back of the head?

Dumb a$$.

NotCoach on August 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Do you cry a little at night when you learn the black tragedy du jour wasn’t actually a shot to the back of the head?

Dumb a$$.

NotCoach on August 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

What are you getting libfree for ya’lls anniversary?

HumpBot Salvation on August 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

It seems to me that even though Brown may have been fighting the cop, he was still unarmed and did not present any deadly force. Was he a big kid? Yes, but that is no reason a cop trained in defensive and offensive fighting to shoot him dead.

This would not have happened if cops did not carry guns. The cop could have let him get away and arrested him later with the help of a partner.

Cops should be disarmed for their own safety and ours.

earlgrey on August 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

What are you getting libfree for ya’lls anniversary?

HumpBot Salvation on August 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I don’t know. It’s hard to shop for a person that lives in a perpetually delusional state.

NotCoach on August 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

So who is the black-Caucasian racist KKKop in that photo?

rogerb on August 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

earlgrey on August 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Fishing in the middle of the day? That’s dedication.

HonestLib on August 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I don’t know. It’s hard to shop for a person that lives in a perpetually delusional state.

NotCoach on August 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Not a chainsaw.

HonestLib on August 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Dr. Baden concluded:
1. There was no sign of struggle, utterly destroying Ferguson PD story
2. Shots entering the hands indicate that Brown’s hands were up in a surrender position before the killing blows

libfreeordie on August 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Dr Baden’s report doesn’t actually support the conclusions quite as conclusively as you posit.

But, if the facts come to light that this officer decided, for some insane reason, to simply execute a surrendering man, then by all means, the officer should be prosecuted. If that is what is proven to have happened, it was indeed murder.

However, the rush to judgment amongst the left is a problem. the promoting and supporting violent riots is a problem.

But, the left will always engage in it because fanning racial fires is the left’s raison d’etre as the left cannot win elections any other way, so we will always get this refusal to wait for facts and evidence and instead a rush to judgment, which rush to judgment will never be admitted.

but, following up on this:

However, if the facts come to light that this officer decided, for some odd reason, to simply execute a surrendering man, then by all means, the officer should be prosecuted.

No thinking person believes that is what happened though. Even the leftists who believe race played a role know that it is incredibly unlikely that the officer is a wild racist who just decided on a whim to execute this black man.

Instead, everyone with a brain realizes that some kind of altercation took place leading the officer to pull his gun and eventually discharge it. Whether whatever happened justified the officer pulling and using the weapon is what at issue.

Assuming (as is likely) that we find out that there was indeed some altercation between the officer and Brown and there was some at least arguable justification for pulling his weapon, People inclined to always think it is racial will argue that race played a part in making the white officer fear the black man more than he would a white suspect, so race ultimately led to the decision to pull/use the gun.

But, the left wants to set the narrative before we get to this point, because when you start talking about unconscious motives guiding the officer’s fears and subjective belief as to danger, the left has already lost the battle over whether this was a “race killing” or simply an unfortunate incident that sometimes happens when criminals encounter police.

this is why the left jumps on these things as quickly as possible and tries to set the narrative before facts are known, because in very, very few cases (almost none) is it going to be a straightforward case where a police officer (or other person a la Zimmerman) simply pulls out their weapon and kills someone. The left knows this to be true. and once nuance enters the picture as to what the police officer reasonably thought at the moment, the left loses almost every time.

So, the left is now going to do everything in its power to firm up in the public’s mind that this was a pure race execution and will not allow any facts to stand in the way.

Monkeytoe on August 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I am glad they called in the National Guard. This insanity has to stop.

SC.Charlie on August 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Not a chainsaw.

HonestLib on August 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I doubt he even knows which end is up on a chainsaw. He has an ignorance level surpasses that of Ryan “Are these rubber bullets?” Reilly.

NotCoach on August 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Cops should be disarmed for their own safety and ours.

earlgrey on August 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Yes, it’s the cops’ faults. Those pops in the crowd are just firecrackers.

GreenEnergy on August 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

It seems to me that even though Brown may have been fighting the cop, he was still unarmed and did not present any deadly force. Was he a big kid? Yes, but that is no reason a cop trained in defensive and offensive fighting to shoot him dead.

This would not have happened if cops did not carry guns. The cop could have let him get away and arrested him later with the help of a partner.

Cops should be disarmed for their own safety and ours.

earlgrey on August 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Okay we now have way too many people trying this satire thing.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

It seems to me that even though Brown may have been fighting the cop, he was still unarmed and did not present any deadly force. Was he a big kid? Yes, but that is no reason a cop trained in defensive and offensive fighting to shoot him dead.

This would not have happened if cops did not carry guns. The cop could have let him get away and arrested him later with the help of a partner.

Cops should be disarmed for their own safety and ours.

earlgrey on August 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Bwahahahahahahha…snort snort…bwahahahahahahahaaa…thanks for the laugh, ..I needed it…

bimmcorp on August 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Will the rules of engagement for the Guard be more restrictive than the civilian police ROEs?

goatweed on August 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The autopsy for the family shows no signs of gunpowder on the body, but if he was shot through the door of the vehicle would they show up?

bagsblab on August 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

The autopsy for the family shows no signs of gunpowder on the body, but if he was shot through the door of the vehicle would they show up?

bagsblab on August 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

We don’t know if he was hit by that shot, if there was one, or if the gun simply went off during the fight over the gun. In either case, should be gunpowder residue IN the truck.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Jesse Jackson is right about one thing, there is a Ferguson near you, where ever you live. Unless you live out in Wyoming or some other western state.

cimbri on August 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Small note: historically, Fascism was when a group of thugs took to the street smashing and looting while the authorities were helpless to stop it, until the leaders of the thugs became the authorities.

Count to 10 on August 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Jesse Jackson is right about one thing, there is a Ferguson near you, where ever you live. Unless you live out in Wyoming or some other western state.

cimbri on August 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

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And we can all either “thank” or “BOO” (your call) President Lyndon Baines Johnson, for that.

listens2glenn on August 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The autopsy for the family shows no signs of gunpowder on the body, but if he was shot through the door of the vehicle would they show up?

bagsblab on August 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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Define “through the door of the vehicle.”

listens2glenn on August 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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