FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol, says the curfew put into place by Governor Nixon will remain in effect Sunday night into Monday morning.
According to authorities, the purpose of the curfew is to protect the residents of Ferguson. However, many residents said they had no intention of obeying the orders of the governor. Saturday night, many people defied the curfew, forcing police to use tear gas and smoke bombs to push back crowds.
However, Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says if protesters refuse to leave again tonight, officers will not escalate the situation and will do just enough to get them to leave.
"We'll deploy them and we'll go in there if we feel we need to," Nothum said when asked if police plan to use armored vehicles and gas again. "They are going to be here and we are going to be here. It's not going to stop. We want to see justice served."
The curfew begins at midnight Monday and ends at 5:00 a.m.