Police officers detain a demonstrator for protesting
Michael Brown's murder in Ferguson, Missouri.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted the curfew for the St.
Louis suburb of Ferguson and began deploying National Guard
troops to help quell days of rioting and looting spurred by the
fatal shooting of a black unarmed teenager by a white
Nixon, who had declared a state of emergency for the town on
Saturday and ordered that the streets be cleared for a curfew
that ran from midnight to 5 a.m., said the National Guard
would fall under the supervision of the Missouri Highway
The deployment of the National Guard is the latest in a
series of steps taken by authorities to end the looting and
burning of stores that have punctuated protests since the
shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, more than a week ago.
But retired local business owner Marshall Tucker said: "It
ain't getting no better with the National Guard coming in.
That'll be worse," he said. "Tonight it's going to get really
President Barack Obama said he told the governor that use of
the National Guard should be limited and urged healing
instead of violence. Attorney General Eric Holder will travel
to Ferguson on Wednesday, Obama added.
"While I understand the passions and the anger that arise
over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by
looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police only
serves to raise tensions and stir chaos. It undermines rather
than advancing justice," Obama told a news conference.
The president met with Holder earlier on Monday to discuss
the Ferguson unrest. The US Department of Justice, the FBI
and the St. Louis County Police are investigating the
An autopsy conducted on behalf of the family of Brown showed
he was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.
The path of one bullet indicates the 18-year-old may have
been lowering his head in surrender when the fatal shot hit,
according to Brown family attorney Daryl Parks.
Results of official autopsies by federal authorities and the
county are pending.
Parks told a news conference that the family's autopsy showed
one bullet hit Brown in the "very top of his head" and
another shattered his right eye.
"His head was in a downward position," Parks said. "Given
those kind of facts, this officer should have been arrested,"
There were no signs of struggle with the officer and no
gunshot residue on the body. But the lawyers said they had no
access yet to clothing, X-rays taken when the county did the
first autopsy on Brown's body, or toxicology results, which
the county has so far not released.
According to police, the officer involved in the shooting
said he fired initially after Brown reached into his police
Darren Wilson, 28, the officer who shot Brown as the teenager
was walking through a Ferguson residential neighborhood on
Aug. 9 with a friend, was put on paid administrative leave
and is in hiding. Police say he has been threatened and an
online petition is calling for his firing.
Edward Magee, a spokesman for the St. Louis County
prosecutor's office, said the case could be presented this
week to a grand jury, which will decide whether Wilson will
The shooting set off protests in Ferguson, whose population
of about 21,000 is mostly black. Thousands of demonstrators,
angry that the police officer was not arrested, have filled
The protests have been marred by rioting and looting, leaving
some stores badly damaged, as well as attacks against police
with Molotov cocktails, officials said
But law enforcement officials have been widely criticized for
using excessive force. Amnesty International USA sent a
13-member human rights delegation to seek meetings with
officials in the area and to train local activists in methods
of non-violent protest.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged US authorities to
protect protesters' rights to peaceful assembly and freedom
According to accounts by local police, Brown and a friend
were walking down the middle of the road when Wilson asked
them to move onto the sidewalk. Wilson reported that Brown
reached into his patrol car and struggled for his service gun
when the officer fired the initial shot.
Brown's friend Dorian Johnson, 22, said Wilson had reached
out through his car window to grab at Brown and that the
teenager was trying to get away when he was shot. Johnson
said Brown held up his hands in a sign of surrender but that
Wilson got out of his patrol car and shot him several more
Police Chief Tom Jackson raised the ire of the Brown family
and its supporters for releasing police reports showing that
the teen was a suspect in the theft of cigars from a
neighborhood convenience mart. The family called that a smear
Jackson said later the officer did not know Brown was a
robbery suspect when he shot Brown and that the incident was
tied only to Wilson's request that he move out of the street.