Gov. Nixon has no regrets over Ferguson decisions

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) - Governor Nixon says he has no regrets over his handling of the crisis in Ferguson the night the Grand Jury decision was released.

Ferguson was slammed by looting, violence and burning with dozens of business damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of the announcement.

Governor Nixon was criticized for not having guardsmen posted along the streets of Ferguson to guard property, something he ended up doing later.

The Governor said he wanted the National Guard posted as back-up for police. Many were stationed at the police command center. The Governor stresses that no one was killed on either side police or protestors. He says he feared one of the guardsmen over-reacting in situations they weren't really trained to handle.

His news conference came on the same day the Legislature began holding hearings on the Governors handling of the crisis and mistakes he may have made.

Nixon was also asked when was his last walking tour thru the damaged areas of Ferguson to talk to those merchants still trying to recover from the crisis.

The Governor couldn't answer that question but said he was well aware of what was going on.