Before the grand jury’s decision about whether to indict officer Darren Wilson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard for possible use in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Nixon was criticized for leaving the National Guard on the sidelines on the night the grand jury verdict was announced, and subsequently increased the Guard’s presence.
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder told Laura Ingraham why he believes Gov. Nixon was hesitant to use the National Guard in a front lines role:
When Gov. Nixon signed an order authorizing deployment of the National Guard in August, the White House claimed they didn’t know about it, but maybe they’ve been paying closer attention to news reports lately.
Kinder was also critical of the timing of announcement:
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