More National Guardsmen to be deployed in Ferguson

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National Guard in Ferguson Members of the Missouri National Guard stand in a parking lot of Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo., after overnight protests following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

FERGUSON, Missouri — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence.

He said Tuesday that hundreds more will be deployed to Ferguson, where fires and looting erupted Monday night after word that a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The rest will be in a position to respond rapidly, if needed.

Nixon says 700 guardsmen were in the area on Monday night, when more than a dozen buildings were set on fire and otherwise vandalized.

Ferguson’s mayor said earlier in the day that the National Guard wasn’t deployed quickly enough as violent protests broke out.

Story compiled with information from The Associated Press.