Missouri governor Jay Nixon offered a positive take on the performance of law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., in recent days, emphasizing that their use of force has been limited and that protesters have largely been able to demonstrate freely. But the curfew he imposed, he noted, may need to be in force for a while, arguing that law enforcement will need to have a presence while investigations proceed.
“We need to get peace in order to have justice,” he said, echoing protesters’ popular cry of “no justice, no peace.”
“We are trying to use the least amount of force to provide people the ability to speak while protecting property,” Nixon said. The experience of local business owners the last two days may call into question whether the police have in fact been able to accomplish the latter goal.