A State of Emergency has been declared by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in anticipation of the Grand Jury decision surrounding the death of Ferguson native Michael Brown.
According to Executive Order 14-14, National Guard troops will be redeployed throughout the Ferguson area in order to assist law enforcement personnel.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision,” Gov. Nixon said. “These additional resources will support law enforcement’s efforts to maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech. The National Guard is well-suited to provide security at command posts, fire stations and other locations as well as perform other functions that will free up law enforcement officers to remain focused on community policing and protecting constitutional rights.”
The announcement has fueled speculation that the federal government is anticipating no charges for Officer Darren Wilson.
National Guard units and police departments across the country have begun stockpiling equipment as well in an attempt to control potential unrest.