THE BLOG
11/18/2014 09:23 am ET Updated Jan 18, 2015

Governor Nixon's (More Honest) Declaration of a State of Emergency

Scott Olson via Getty Images

WHEREAS, the City of Ferguson, the St. Louis region, and the nation have experienced racial discrimination since before the nation's founding; and

WHEREAS, despite the clear chicanery of the St. Louis County judicial system, protesters persist with hope for justice instead of fatalism; and

WHEREAS, the seemingly pre-determined outcome of the grand jury would be met with understandable rage; and

WHEREAS, the State of Missouri has been prepared to inappropriately respond to any reaction to these announcements; and

WHEREAS, our citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest but will be treated like criminals; and

WHEREAS, our citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage, even though the best thing we could have done to protect citizens and businesses is to have stopped discriminating against black citizens in housing, education, employment, and our criminal "justice" system; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby declare a state of fear and panic exists in the State of Missouri.

I further direct the Missouri State Highway Patrol together with the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to operate as a Unified Command to protect civil rights and ensure public safety in the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region because that worked so well before.

I further order that the St. Louis County Police Department shall have command and operational control over security in the City of Ferguson relating to areas of protests, acts of civil disobedience and conduct otherwise arising from such activities even though it is now well-documented that the police in the county consistently perpetuate systemic racial discrimination.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, and the always powerful lure of the racist police state in the City of Jefferson, on this 17th day of November, 2014.