Missouri governor says national guard scaling back, monitoring unrest

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Posted: Dec 02, 2014 3:26 PM

(Reuters) - The Missouri National Guard was starting to scale back its presence in the St. Louis area as angry protests over the lack of an indictment in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager eased, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Tuesday.

A little more than 1,200 troops remained stationed in the St. Louis area, and were to continue to support local law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, the governor said.

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead on Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson.

A county prosecutor announced on Nov. 24 that a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. The governor had declared a state of emergency before the grand jury announcement, anticipating unrest.

(Reporting By Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Editing by Sandra Maler)