Missouri governor lifts state of emergency in Ferguson

September 3, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that he was lifting the state of emergency he had declared last month amid chaos on the streets of Ferguson.

Nixon had first declared a state of emergency on Aug. 16, signing an executive order and implementing a curfew between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. The curfew, which he had said was needed to restore peace, was in place for two nights, as Nixon lifted it once he announced that he was calling in the Missouri National Guard.

On Wednesday, Nixon (D) announced that the state of emergency was being lifted because people are “getting back to their normal routines” in Ferguson.

“This progress is a testament to the efforts of community and faith leaders, working alongside state and local law enforcement officers, to bring peace to the streets of Ferguson and much-needed stability to its citizens,” Nixon said in a statement.

The state of emergency was first announced a week after Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, an officer with the Ferguson Police Department. Brown’s death was followed by outrage and protests, and the heavily-armed, militarized police response drew international attention to the tension and mayhem in the city.

Nixon’s action was the latest step officials in Ferguson have taken to try and show that calm has fully returned to the city. On Aug. 21, Nixon announced that the Missouri National Guard was going to withdraw from the city after conditions had improved.

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban on low-flying aircraft over Ferguson, a prohibition that had been extended at Nixon’s order. And the police command center, which the Missouri National Guard had been specifically tasked with guarding, has been fully dismantled.

Related: What lies ahead for Ferguson.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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Mark Berman · September 3, 2014