Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday formally lifted the state of emergency that he had declared in Ferguson weeks ago when the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer sparked sometimes violent demonstrations.
“Over the past week, we’ve seen students getting back to school, businesses reopening their doors and folks getting back to their normal routines,” Nixon said in a statement.
Nixon had declared a state of emergency on Aug. 16 due to unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Demonstrators have continued to protest in Ferguson, calling for prosecutors to charge Wilson in Brown’s death and for police to change tactics. There have been no violent clashes in about two weeks like those in which police in riot gear fired tear gas to quell crowds and made scores of arrests.