ST. LOUIS MAYOR SAYS NATIONAL GUARD WILL NOT BE ON ‘FRONT LINES!’

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay reacted to Governor Jay Nixon’s declaration through an executive order that the National Guard would be activated for the next 30 days. Slay stressed to reporters at a press conference on Monday that the guard would not have a “front line role” in the midst of a reaction from the soon-to-be-expected decision of the St. Louis County grand jury relating to the death of Ferguson resident Mike Brown.

Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The incident sparked a violent face off between demonstrators and police immediately thereafter.

“They would not be on the front lines dealing with protesters under any circumstance, except if it was some kind of a major issue came up where they were needed. So keep in mind they’re just going to be here for backup—backfill and to protect various locations in the city of St. Louis. The other thing is, we have our police officers,” said Slay. “They’re going to be deployed and have been deployed for quite some time over the past several weeks; they’ve been running 12-hour shifts for some time, so they are tired and will be welcoming this backup support, by the way. But as I said, they will not be used on the front lines. They will not be interacting with protesters. They will be used in a secondary role and be accompanied by a police officer where they are and be in various locations.”

Slay told reporters that the Guard will be armed but continued to stress that they would not be engaging with protesters. Slay, however, did not specify any details about rules of engagement should protesters physically provoke the members of the National Guard.

Continued at Breitbart

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