Ferguson, Missouri will see a huge rise in the number of National Guard troops following a critical press conference by Mayor James Knowles III who questioned Governor Jay Nixon’s deployment plans. A total of 2,200 troops will protect Ferguson’s streets tonight. Last night, riots and looting caused chaos in the streets as locals responded to a grand jury’s decision to allow Officer Darren Wilson to walk free. “I don’t believe we’ve seen the commitment from the state we hoped to get,” Knowles said earlier today. “And knowing that there there’s so many people out there who committed a crime, who committed destruction, who aren’t going to be held accountable, because law enforcement was overwhelmed—it makes me concerned for the nights to come.” Around 400 Guard troops were dispersed to areas around the St. Louis to protect government buildings and businesses, but Ferguson saw very little aid until early this morning, after the damage had already been wrought throughout the city. Weeks prior, Knowles was guaranteed full aid, but the plan changed last minute and without explanation.
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