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USA: National Guard descends on Ferguson amid shooting unrest01:34

USA: National Guard descends on Ferguson amid shooting unrest

United States, Ferguson
August 19, 2014 at 22:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 10 Humvees and three buses loaded with military personnel descended upon the car park of a strip mall on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Monday. Law enforcement and Missouri National Guard troops have set up a temporary base of operations in the area.

A number of National Guard troops attracted the attention of the people who came to the mall for shopping, some of whom expressed their concerns and questioned the safety that the guards were brought in to help bring to Ferguson after repeated clashes with police following the August 9 shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Members of the National Guard geared up in St. Louis on Monday, after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gave the go-ahead for troops to be deployed in Ferguson. National Guard troops could be seen preparing to leave for Ferguson amongst Light Medium Tactical Vehicle and HMMWV Humvees, vehicles both used in the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Nixon's choice to use heavily armed riot police in dealing with the protests comes as Amnesty International has decided to deploy a delegation to Ferguson to observe the situation. It is the first time the organisation has ever deployed an investigative group of this kind on US soil.

USA: National Guard descends on Ferguson amid shooting unrest01:34
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Around 10 Humvees and three buses loaded with military personnel descended upon the car park of a strip mall on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Monday. Law enforcement and Missouri National Guard troops have set up a temporary base of operations in the area.

A number of National Guard troops attracted the attention of the people who came to the mall for shopping, some of whom expressed their concerns and questioned the safety that the guards were brought in to help bring to Ferguson after repeated clashes with police following the August 9 shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Members of the National Guard geared up in St. Louis on Monday, after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gave the go-ahead for troops to be deployed in Ferguson. National Guard troops could be seen preparing to leave for Ferguson amongst Light Medium Tactical Vehicle and HMMWV Humvees, vehicles both used in the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Nixon's choice to use heavily armed riot police in dealing with the protests comes as Amnesty International has decided to deploy a delegation to Ferguson to observe the situation. It is the first time the organisation has ever deployed an investigative group of this kind on US soil.

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