Police, Guard presence in Ferguson scaled back
FERGUSON (AP) - With nighttime protests and arrests on the wane in Ferguson, Missouri, both police and National Guard presence are being scaled back in the area.
St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said Tuesday that county officers are no longer working 12-hour shifts. A small contingent of officers will continue to protect Ferguson police headquarters at night.
Separately, Gov. Jay Nixon announced that the National Guard has completed duties in the city of St. Louis. The Guard is reducing its presence in Ferguson and elsewhere in St. Louis County. Still, nearly 1,300 guardsmen remain in the region.
The announcement on Nov. 24 that a grand jury would not indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown spurred renewed protests and violence.