Governor Jay Nixon has lifted the State of Emergency put in place more than three weeks ago in Ferguson.
Nixon had declared the State of Emergency August 16 in response to violence that had broken out during protests of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
In his statement today, Nixon says tensions have eased in Ferguson.
“Over the past week, we’ve seen students getting back to school, businesses reopening their doors and folks getting back to their normal routines,” writes Nixon. “This progress is a testament to the efforts of community and faith leaders, working alongside state and local law enforcement officers, to bring peace to the streets of Ferguson and much-needed stability to its citizens.”
Nixon’s Executive Order today ends those he wrote in August to put the State of Emergency in place and to activate the Missouri National Guard to protect law enforcement’s unified command center in Ferguson. The Guard ended that mission August 26 and the command center was closed August 27.