FERGUSON, Mo. — As tensions on the streets here seemed to ease Thursday, Governor Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city.
“I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson,” Nixon said in a statement.
He said that order in the city had been largely restored and that the presence of the National Guard was no longer needed.
The governor had dispatched the National Guard on Monday, after days of chaotic and often violent clashes between the police and protesters following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager Aug. 9.
As events spiraled out of control in the aftermath of the shooting, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. ordered a federal investigation and visited the city Wednesday.
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