Mo. Governor Nixon: ‘Violence Will Not Be Tolerated’ After Grand Jury Ruling
by Shorty Dawkins
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he would activate the National Guard to respond to any unrest that erupts after the grand jury delivers its decision in the case of a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.
“This is America. People have the right to express views and grievances, but they do not have the right to put fellow citizens and property at risk,” Nixon said Tuesday. “Violence will not be tolerated.”
As the people of Ferguson await the decision of the Grand Jury, the Police are preparing for any eventuality. It is to be hoped that the Law Enforcement agencies, at all levels, will keep their actions within the confines of the Constitution. Citizens have a Right to protest. They have a Right to Free assembly, and they have a Right to Free Speech. To deny any of these Rights is to break their Oaths to the Constitution. If there is violence, then by all means step in and do your duty, but respect the Rights of the individuals.
We encourage all People to respect the equal Rights of others, including property Rights, by remaining peaceful. All people have the Right to protest and assemble. There is NO right to destroy property.