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Missouri governor sends Guard, lifts curfew

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:30 p.m. CST
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People run from tear gas after police dispersed a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is lifting a curfew while ordering the National Guard to help restore order in a St. Louis suburb that has seen sometimes violent protests since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Nixon deployed the Guard Monday following a Sunday night clash between armored police and what he as "a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community."

The unrest followed the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white.

The neighborhood has been under a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew the past two days, after Nixon declared a state of emergency. The governor says in a statement that the curfew is now lifted.

He says the Guard will be under the direction of the state Highway Patrol.

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