NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn today. When the suspect was later cornered, he took his own life. Additionally, an off-duty St. Louis City Officer was shot multiple times yesterday, though he fortunately survived. Obviously the surviving City Officer has not been named.
So Governor Nixon has preemptively declared a State of Emergency in St. Louis ahead of further possible riots resulting from a Grand Jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown. The problem is that while this sounds ominous, the reality is that nothing much has changed. The executive order detailing the deployment of the National Guard leaves the entire issue eyebrow-raising-ly vague. While it’s clear the Guard is only meant to be used in a support role, there is zero information on where the guard will be deployed (even as far as cities) or how many guardsman will even be in the area.