FERGUSON, Mo.—Missouri National Guard soldiers sent by the governor began to arrive on a hot and humid Monday afternoon, hours after earlier policing efforts failed to quell violence related to ongoing protests.
At a news briefing Monday, police and Missouri National Guard officials emphasized the limited role for the Guard. They declined to say how many soldiers had been deployed to Ferguson or say how long they would stay. A few were spotted on Ferguson's streets, but officials said their primary mission was to help secure the police command center at a nearby mall.
President Barack Obama, commenting for the second time in a week on the shooting, said he spoke with Mr. Nixon Monday about ensuring that the National Guard will be used in a limited way. He also said that Attorney General Eric Holder would travel to Ferguson on Wednesday.