Missouri governor Jay Nixon enacted a 5-hour curfew in Ferguson after looting and rioting erupted early Saturday morning (Aug. 16). Instructing protesters to clear the streets from midnight to 5 a.m., the lockdown was coupled with an announcement of a tiw-wide state of emergency.
Seven people who did not leave the streets were arrested after last night as law officials enforced the curfew. After tear gas and armored vehicles were once again used as a method of crowd control, one other person was critically wounded after being shot. Police deny involvement with the shooting, which is now under investigation after delayed release of information.
“I can tell you that I was disappointed in the actions of tonight,” State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said.
In addition to last night’s curfew enforcement, a second autopsy on the body of slain teen Michael Brown has been authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice after the first report failed to specify the number of gunshot wounds he suffered.
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy,” a statement read. “This independent examination will take place as soon as possible. Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation.”
Author: Iyana Robertson
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