Ferguson in Flames!
Protesters and Looters Burn Business District to the Ground—
And the National Guard was nowhere in sight.
Now we know why… And top state Democratic leaders all knew about this.
Businesses were Destroyed and Looted!
Violent protesters looted, torched and vandalized businesses in Ferguson and Dellwood on November 24, 2014 after the Mike Brown grand jury verdict was announced.
At least 18 businesses in Ferguson, Missouri were torched to the ground.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told local FOX 2 anchors late on Monday night, November 25, 2014, that he had repeatedly requested the National Guard during the rioting and looting… But his requests were ignored by state Democratic leaders.
“I know I’ve been on the phone in contact with the County Executive’s Office. I know he has requested. I am requesting. I’ve requested the National Guard troops to come out from their command post to help restore order along the business district. We have not seen that… Those calls have gone unheeded at this point… We need to have the governor step up and give us the resources that he’s promised from the beginning. He said he would have a strong response. The resources necessary would be provided. They have not been provided so far.“
An Absolute Dereliction of Duty!
Per Jamie Allman—
Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) ordered the National Guard out of Ferguson before the verdict was announced.
And….. TOP MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC LEADERS including Claire McCaskill, Lacy Clay, Chris Koster, Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley all knew about this order.
The Associated Press hid this information at the end of their January 9, 2015 report:
Some of Missouri’s top leaders tried unsuccessfully to pressure Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to resign after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, interviews with several elected officials and records released Friday show.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III told The Associated Press that top state officials had several meetings where they applied pressure on the city to force Jackson to resign. Missouri House Speaker John Diehl and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill confirmed they both attended a fall meeting to discuss whether Jackson should be forced out.
Also, records provided to AP under an open records request include a Nov. 10 email from St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar to an assistant that describes an apparent meeting of state and local officials. It references the potential timing of Jackson’s “separation” and identifies a potential successor…
…The email lists several names of apparent attendees: McCaskill, Koster, Slay, Rainford, Diehl, Doyle, then-St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay.
Spokespeople for Clay and Koster declined immediate comment, and messages seeking comment from Dooley and St. Louis County police were not returned.
The email also made reference to a request to Gov. Jay Nixon to place the National Guard in front of Ferguson police headquarters on the date of the grand jury announcement. “Apparently the guard will not move to the FPD per the governor,” the email said.
Knowles and others were critical of the decision not to have the Guard in place in Ferguson at the time of the announcement, after a dozen area businesses were destroyed in fires during protests.
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder told The Gateway Pundit this morning that Governor Nixon has some explaining to do.
Jamie Allman will have more on this on The Allman Report on ABC Channel 30 tonight.
UPDATE: Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said he spoke with leading Missouri state lawmakers including Senator Kurt Schaeffer and a Senate committee is requesting all pertinent emails for their investigation into this matter. A FOIA request will go out Friday.
UPDATE: Governor Nixon would not return calls to Mayor Knowles but was in contact with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett that Monday night and the following Tuesday morning.
“Valerie Jarrett [a top adviser to President Obama] has talked to Gov. Nixon twice, once last night and once this morning,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters on Nov. 25, the second day of rioting, according to a media pool report at the time. Schultz said Jarrett was “receiving updates on what’s happening on the ground there and also promising to stay in touch.”
UPDATE: Republican John Diehl, the Missouri Speaker, was at the meeting but would not agree with Democrats that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson should resign.