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LPD keeping an eye on Ferguson situation

LPD keeping an eye on Ferguson situation

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

Governor Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

 Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawal of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they've effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore trust between law enforcement and residents.

Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday and Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone.

Since demonstrations began after Aug. 9 shooting of Michel Brown, authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peshong says, "It's a bad thing anytime anybody dies; it's a very bad thing.  It's a bad thing for a community; it's a bad thing for an officer that has to wind up going through this as well as the police department."

Lincoln has never seen protests like the ones in Ferguson.

Peshong says protests in the capital city were more common during the 60's and 70's.

Today, they still prepare for the possibility.

"We're trained to deal with those situations and we would actually be prepared to address those situations with our police force, as well as if it's larger than what our police force can handle, we have mutual aid agreements," says Peschong.

He adds in order to keep the peace; he believes law enforcement and local leaders need to work together.

"We're out in the community, building relationships and establishing relationships.  From my point of view, policing is not just the police department saying 'we'll take care of all of the problems and the issues of disorder in a community, it's a partnership," explains Peschong.

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