St. Louis on edge after Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency

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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) - On Monday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency that will allow the National Guard to step in if needed during possible unrest in Ferguson after the grand jury decision. News11 spoke to protest organizers who say the executive order sends the wrong message that could create more problems, adding they still want county prosecutor Bob McCulloh removed from the case. Governor Jay Nixon hosted a media conference call and stated

'The St. Louis County Police Department will have control over security in the city of Ferguson in areas of protest and acts of civil disobedience should such activities occur instead of the Ferguson Police Department.'

St. Louis County police also released a statement saying the National Guard will be used in a support role for uniformed officers. "To help them further focus on preserving life, property and allowing all citizens to express their constitutional rights.'

So far there is no word on how many or when the National Guard troops will arrive.

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