Following statements and prayers by local pastors after last night’s burning and looting, James Knowles, mayor of Ferguson, Missouri criticized Governor Jay Nixon’s response (or lack thereof) to the violence. Specifically, he wanted to know where the hell the National Guard was while “protesters” ran amok, torching local businesses and stealing whatever wasn’t nailed down. The mayor also noted that Officer Darren Wilson’s status with the city remains unchanged. He is still on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Unspoken was the fact that . . .
there’s no way that Wilson, as a practical matter, can ever return to his job as a police officer in Ferguson. In fact, it’s an open question as to whether he can continue to live anywhere in the St. Louis area without putting his safety at risk and that of his family.
Update: Governor Nixon, letting everyone know he has a firm grasp on the situation has pledged to have 2200 Guardsmen on the streets of Ferguson tonight. Presumably to protect the smoldering ruins. Will that mean bad actors shift their efforts to other parts of the city. Time will tell.