Above: One of more than a dozen Ferguson businesses completely destroyed in last night’s rioting
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Dozens of businesses were looted, burned, or destroyed in Ferguson last night. Hundreds of gunshots were fired by so-called “protesters”.
But despite mobilizing the National Guard for more than a week in preparation for this expect chaos, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) told them to stand down.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told FOX 2 reporters late on Monday night that he had repeatedly pleaded with the Governor’s office to deploy the the National Guard Monday night… But his requests were “completely ignored”:
On Tuesday morning Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder put forward what people in St. Louis are all asking today: Did the Obama administration lean on Governor Nixon to tell the National Guard to stand down?
“He (Governor Nixon) declared a State of Emergency almost a week ago and mobilized the National Guard. Then they were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned…
We know they were kept away because they did not come in and stop that from the get-go. They were deployed in other parts of the St. Louis region… Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car or a smashed police car window with a show of force that would have stopped this?
Here’s my question that the governor must answer – Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”
Was this what Obama meant when he took to the airwaves before the riots to demand “police restraint”?
And Obama was not the only Administration official to put pressure on Nixon. DW Ulstermann reports on how Attorney General Eric Holder also demanded that Troops stand down:
Eric Holder was reportedly upset the Missouri Governor announced a State of Emergency days before the Darren Wilson Grand Jury decision was announced, and adamant there would be no National Guard soldiers patrolling the streets of Ferguson. (A decision that in more “normal” time would be left to the governor to decide)
More off the record reports indicate Holder’s office made a number of angry calls to Governor Nixon expressing the administration’s displeasure at what they viewed to be a too strong response to the threat of rioting.
Therefore, on the night of the rioting the National Guard soldiers were nowhere to be found in Ferguson, and the city was left to burn, all courtesy of Eric Holder and the Obama White House.
So Obama and Holder told police to stand down, but told the protesters a week ago to “stay the course.” Should we really be surprised with the mayhem that resulted last night?