FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - Where and when the National Guard was deployed in Ferguson remains a topic of controversy.
As police and fire crews became overwhelmed Monday night, Ferguson's Mayor James Knowles took the governor to task for not bringing guard troops into help.
"They were available, but just were not deployed last night when we asked for them to be deployed. There were many elected officials that helped us reach out to the Governor. Eventually those troops were deployed, unfortunately too late." said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.
He failed the city of Ferguson, he failed the state of Missouri and should resign." said former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher.
Governor Nixon says politics played no role in the deployment of the National Guard.