ST. LOUIS ( -- Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed an Executive Order to declare a State of Emergency in Missouri due to civil unrest on Saturday.

Demonstrations Over Death Of George Floyd, Killed In Police Custody In Minneapolis, Erupt In St. Louis

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 29: Protesters rally as they march through the streets on May 29, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Demonstrations are being held across the US after George Floyd died in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Highway Patrol will stand ready to support local authorities.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of George Floyd. We are also saddened by the acts of violence that have transpired across our nation and state in response to this event,” Parson said in a statement. "At this time, we are taking a proactive approach to protect Missouri and its people."

[READ: 7 officers hurt after Ferguson protesters hurl rocks, fireworks at police]

According to the governor, some areas around the state have witnessed distress and hazards situations threatening the safety of resident. Officials said a limited number of guardsmen and women assisted in Kansas City Saturday night. 

Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted law enforcement in Kansas City and St. Louis. Seven officers were injured in Ferguson Saturday night as a peaceful protest turned violent after the initial organizers left and a different group of people arrived to the Ferguson Police department. 

The order puts the guard and state police on alert. 

[READ: Man dragged by FedEx truck dies during night of George Floyd protests in St. Louis]

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