For a second night, Ferguson-related protests around the country led to rioting, destruction, confrontations with police and dozens of arrests. Some of the worst violence occurred in Oakland, California, one of about a dozen U.S. cities where people took to the streets to show their anger with the grand jury decision that found no cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson.
In Ferguson itself, police say they made 44 arrests as mobs stormed city hall, broke windows, set a police car on fire and threw objects at law enforcement authorities.
On the streets of Ferguson Tuesday night were some 2200 National Guard troops sent in by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Those forces helped to protect local businesses, unlike Monday night when dozens of shops and stores — many small, locally owned businesses run by black residents — were looted and burned.
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Even though Gov. Nixon had declared a state of emergency and mobilized the National Guard the week before the announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict, relatively few Guardsmen were on the streets of Ferguson the first night of rioting and widespread destruction.
That absence of National Guard troops caused the state’s lieutenant governor, a Republican, to question whether political pressure from Washington played a part in the decision of the governor, a Democrat, not to fully deploy the Guard on Monday.
On her Fox News program, Megyn Kelly spoke with Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder about his complaint that much more could have been done by the state’s chief executive to keep Ferguson businesses from being destroyed by the unruly mobs of violent protestors.
“He owes us some answers beyond the flimsy clichés and empty pieties that he offered this afternoon in his press conference when one reporter put my question to him.”
You can watch the emotional interview from “The Kelly File” by clicking on the video above.
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