ST. LOUIS - As the MIssouri Guard prepares for the grand jury announcement, the City of St. Louis is requesting 400 guardsmen stay in the St. Louis City limits.
Mayor Slay is proposing that guardsmen be assigned to 12 hour shifts, meaning at any given time, as long as they're needed, 200 men and women from the National Guard would be on the ground in St. Louis focusing not on the protesters, but on preventing destruction.
"They're just here for backup, just to provide support," says Mayor Slay.
Mayor Slay issued a letter to the public safety committee on Tuesday, detailing the mission of the guard in the city to prevent random acts of violence, looting or property distruction.
"There will be about 45 locations they'll be stationed at and protecting and we'll be working closely with our police department," added Slay.
Mayor Slay says roughly 1,000 St. Louis Police Officers, who will also work 12 hour shifts in the event of unrest, will continue to take the lead with community interaction.
"This would mean that the police are free to go make sure the residents are safe in their neighborhoods and that the protesters are safe and can move through those neighborhoods," says Slay.
There is no official word yet on wether the request for 400 guardsmen in St. Louis had been granted and the locations of the guardsmen have not yet been determined according to Slay.