Ferguson Update

[Content Note: Police militarization.]

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the national guard to withdraw from Ferguson.
"As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson," Nixon said in a statement on Thursday.

...Police with riot gear and armoured vehicles continued to take the lead, however, and the national guard units stayed largely out of public view, guarding a unified command centre at a shopping mall just outside the protest area. "I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri national guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission," said Nixon.
Without a trace of irony, he notes that he "sees improvement" while leaving militarized police in charge, as if it's not the militarized police who have consistently escalated the situation in Ferguson.

ETA. In related news, Senator Claire McCaskill has announced she will lead a Senate probe on the militarization of police.

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