National Guard troops deployed in Ferguson, Missouri to provide protection for a police command center Tuesday, Aug. 19

National Guard troops deployed in Ferguson, Missouri to provide protection for a police command center Tuesday, Aug. 19

*After two consecutive nights of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has ordered the state’s national guard to begin withdrawal from the city of Ferguson.

Below is the statement issued by the governor’s office on Thursday.

I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson. As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson.

Nixon had ordered the National Guard into Ferguson on Aug. 18, after protests over the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown left the city in chaos. Since then, the protests have decreased in size and police have said that the incidents of violence and looting have become less frequent as well.