Governor Jay Nixon compared the National Guard's response to Ferguson to the shooting at Kent State in 1970
Wrap: The comments came during a Wednesday news conference in his capitol office.
Nixon also added his decision to have the Guard defend the county courthouse in Clayton and the Unified Command Post was the right call.
|Description: "When this is looked at and the discipline that was shown there, we're talking about what tactically should be have been done and what building were damages.It's a lot better than the discussion after Kent State."|
He also repeatedly said it was more important to protect lives, not property.
Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish, Newsradio 1120, KMOX.
Nixon defended the way he deployed the Missouri National Gaurd in Ferguson during a Wednesday news conference
Wrap: The Governor told reporters Wednesday the decision to have police respond to protests in Ferguson instead of the Missouri National Guard was a decision made with the safety of protestors in mind.
|Description: American soliders pointing their weapons at American citizens who are unarmed is not a good thing. Also those folks are trained to kill. That's what soliders are trained to kill.|
He also said he'd rather lose a few buildings than a few lives.
Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120, KMOX.
Governor Nixon says his decisions in Ferguson were about protecting lives, not property. One Missouri Senator says he could have done both.
Wrap: The comments came during a Wednesday news conference where Nixon said his decisions in Ferguson were about protecting lives.
Not local buisnesses along West Florissant Avenue.
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed says the governor could have and should have protected both.
|Description: Why not do both, why not protect properties and persons? Is that so hard to do as a governor? Was that really hard to do?|
Nixon later added he was unhappy some buisnesses were destroyed.
Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.