FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- "This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching." Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in the city of Ferguson. A curfew has been imposed from midnight through 5am.
"If we want justice, we cannot be distracted." Governor Nixon
More violence resumed in overnight. We have confirmed looting and vandalism to multiple businesses along West Florissant. The incidents seemed to gather steam after 12:00am.
St Louis County Police confirm at least 200 of their officers are on scene and helping handle the situation. They confirm the Domino’s Pizza on West Florissant was set fire and burned. They also confirm multiple businesses vandalized and looted. Unbelievably, County Police told Fox 2 News that its officers were at the Ferguson Market earlier when looters showed up, but were ordered to “Stand down” by incident commanders at the scene and basically withdrew and allowed the looters to have their way with the store.
The Missouri Highway Patrol continues to have incident command at the scene. A spokesman said they are gathering information and plan a news conference later this morning. They did not have any solid information about damage, arrests, or injuries.
Elliott Davis, George Sells, Andy Banker and Kim Hudson have been on the scene since early this morning. All report that activity seems to have quieted, but we have seen live pictures of cars racing down West Florissant and driving erratic. Our live pictures have also shown a strong police presence moving down West Florissant and standing off with some protestors.
Our live pictures have also shown looters coming out of the Ferguson Market, and we have reports that looters were inside the store earlier in the evening before being confronted and run off by other citizens. We’ve also seen people milling about in peaceful fashion. Elliott Davis has reported that many citizens have confronted looters and asked them to stop. We believe one of those trying to bring order from looters is St Louis Alderman Antonio French.
“If we want justice, we cannot be distracted.” Governor Nixon
“Our focus is security.” Governor Nixon
“We will be in this together.” Captain Ron Johnson
“This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching.” Governor Nixon
“The frustration that is in your home is in my home.” Captain Ronn Johnson
Governor Nixon declares state of emergency in the city of Ferguson.
Curfew is from midnight through 5 am.
Governor Nixon imposes curfew in the city of Ferguson.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster tells George Sells that a curfew is being discussed
Long night. Thanks to all who tried to stop unnecessary violence. I will be in Ferguson today.
— Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 16, 2014
Ferguson seems back to normal after daybreak. The cleanup continues. Carl says this t-shirt is available through Sports Print. The money for the t-shirts goes to charity. http://www.sportsprint.com/
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Rain is falling in Ferguson. No more looting. Just people looking for answers about what happened last night.
You did not see "police restraint" overnight. You saw police reluctant to act. We cannot keep stoning the keepers at the gate.
— Tim Fitch (@ChiefTimFitch) August 16, 2014
St. Louis County Police say they were told to stand down by the Missouri State Highway Patrol
— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun) August 16, 2014
State police now arriving on scene of stores that were looted in Ferguson.
— Tom O'Neal (@TomONealTV) August 16, 2014
No protesters out at this time in the morning. Looters seem to be going home.
Business owner uses soda cans to put out fire at Sam’s Meat Market – Andy Banker
Reports of at least one person shot, several businesses broken in overnight.
St. Louis County police are currently at the Dominos in Ferguson
Press conference on looting this afternoon from police
The Missouri Highway Patrol says they will have updates on why the police presence is so light. Press conference later this morning
Store on fire