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Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

Protesters throw tear gas canisters back police FergusMissouri Sunday night.  |  Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Protesters throw tear gas canisters back at police in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

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Updated: August 18, 2014 2:17AM

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a black Missouri teenager.

In a statement, Nixon said the National Guard would "help restore peace and order" to this the St. Louis suburb that has been filled almost nightly with angry, defiant crowds.

The latest confrontation came on the same day that Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer. A preliminary private autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.


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