Nixon cancels emergency order for Ferguson
FERGUSON (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has lifted the state of emergency that he declared Aug. 16 in response to looting and violent protesting in Ferguson.
The unrest followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. A state grand jury and the Justice Department are still investigating the shooting.
Nixon on Wednesday cited a return to some normalcy in the St. Louis County town, with school back in session, businesses reopening. He called the progress "a testament to the efforts of community and faith leaders" who worked with government and police officials to return peace to the streets.
"Over the past week, we've seen students getting back to school, businesses reopening their doors and folks getting back to their normal routines," Governor Nixon said. "This progress is a testament to the efforts of community and faith leaders, working alongside state and local law enforcement officers, to bring peace to the streets of Ferguson and much-needed stability to its citizens."
Nixon also terminated an executive order issued Aug. 18 that activated the Missouri National Guard. The guard, providing security for police, completed the role Aug. 26.