Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri, after renewed violence and looting took place overnight. The curfew will begin at midnight and run until 5 a.m. on Sunday morning.
"This is a test of whether a community - this community, any community - can break the cycle of fear, distrust and violence and replace them with peace, strength and ultimately justice," Nixon said at a press conference.
The decision followed a night of unrest with sporadic looting late in the evening, hours after hundreds had gathered peacefully at a rally to protest the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer, The New York Times reports.
"Earlier Saturday, in a new sign of discord among the authorities over the handling of the investigation into Mr. Brown's death, the Justice Department said that it had opposed the release of a video that the Ferguson Police Department said showed the teenager apparently involved in a robbery at a convenience store."
"Mr. Brown's family and many protesters accused the police of trying to harm the teenager's reputation and to divert attention from the officer who killed him. The police identified the officer, Darren Wilson, who has been put on administrative leave, for the first time on Friday."
Conservatives were circumspect about the state of emergency, and liberals more critical.
In 2013, there were 80 shark attacks worldwide, 7 of them fatal. The same year, American police forces killed over 1,100 Americans.#Ferguson- Sam Major (@slammajor) August 16, 2014