Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard on Thursday to begin “systematically withdrawing” from Ferguson, Mo., after the reserve force was called in earlier this week to protect local law enforcement officials.
“As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson,” Nixon said in a statement.
The National Guard had been assigned on Monday to cover the local law enforcement’s command center after it was targeted for a “coordinated, planned attack,” Nixon’s office said.
“The situation has greatly improved with fewer incidents of outside instigators interfering with peaceful protestors, and fewer acts of violence,” Nixon’s office said Thursday.