Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

Protestors gather in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
Protestors gather in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

FERGUSON, MO. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to Ferguson to help restore order to the St. Louis suburb after a week of sometimes-violent protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Nixon made the announcement in statement issued early Monday after another night of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson.

Officers used tear gas to clear demonstrators off the streets late Sunday.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is command in Ferguson. He says authorities were responding to reports of gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

The New York Times is reporting that a preliminary private autopsy has found that Michael Brown, 18, was shot at least six times, including twice int he head, last week by a white police officer. The autopsy was performed by Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner.

Brown was shot shortly after he was recorded on surveillance video committing a robbery at a nearby convenience store. Police say officer Darren Wilson shot Brown after an altercation that left the officer injured. Witnesses say Brown’s arms were up in the air when he was shot.

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