Governor Mike Parson is activating the Missouri National Guard out of an abundance of caution over recent riots.
The Governor also declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing civil unrest in major cities in the state.
Parson say the state is “Saddened” by the recent acts of violence that have occurred in cities across the nation, stating that he “fully supports” the rights of citizens to peacefully protest and he remains steadfast in protecting that right.
The rule also allows the Highway Patrol to be deployed along side the guard, should civil unrest arise anywhere in the state.
Governor Parson Activates Missouri National Guard as Precautionary Measure in Response to Civil Unrest
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-17 activating the Missouri National Guard as a precautionary measure in response to recent instances of civil unrest across the country. The National Guard, as well as the Missouri State Highway Patrol, stands ready to assist local law enforcement if necessary.
“We are saddened by recent acts of violence that have occurred in some cities across the nation,” Governor Parson said. “We fully support the right of citizens to peacefully protest and are committed to protecting that right. At this time, we are taking a proactive approach in the event that assistance is needed to support local law enforcement in protecting Missouri and its people.”
Executive Order 20-17 declares that a state of emergency exists in Missouri due to civil unrest and calls on the Adjutant General, or his designee, to forthwith call and order into active service such portions of the National Guard as he deems necessary to aid executive officials of Missouri to protect life and property.
It is further ordered and directed that the Adjutant General or his designee, and through him, the commanding officer of any unit or other organization of the National Guard, to take such action and employ such equipment as may be necessary in support of civilian authorities and provide such assistance as may be authorized and directed by Governor Parson.EO 20-17