ST. LOUIS – Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told a panel of Missouri law makes that St. Louis County Police and the Highway Patrol did not include him in the decision making process for his city during the unrest.
Knowles’ time in front of the panel shed more light on the apparent lack of communication and coordination that some argue allowed for the destruction of businesses in Ferguson the night of the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case.
The mayor also said he never heard back from Governor Jay Nixon’s office after asking for National Guard help. Instead, Knowles said it took him calling Senator Clair McCaskill and Attorney General Chris Koster before the National Guard moved into the area.
Lawmakers from both parties said they are troubled by how the state handled the Ferguson situation and plan to hold several more hearings on the response to the unrest. The committee chairman said they also want to hear from police commanders.