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August 18, 2014

Ferguson Erupts in Violence Again as National Guard Is Deployed

Missouri Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to the streets of Ferguson to quell the violence and looting that erupted after a police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. The increased government firepower comes days after the community policing strategy of Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson failed. When he first took over policing the town, Johnson told law enforcement to put down their tactical gear. He marched with peaceful protesters in an effort to listen to them. But on Sunday night, Johnson reported, “There were multiple additional reports of Molotov cocktails being thrown, police were shot at, makeshift barricades were set up to block police, bottles and rockets were thrown at police. Based on these conditions, I had no alternative but to elevate the level of our response.” The riots are a telling example of the nation’s moral decay. And as Joseph de Maistre once said, “Every nation has the government it deserves.” More…

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