ferguson-policeAfter more than a week of nightly get-off-the-street orders and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, by protesters of the police shooting of a teenager, authorities are dropping their plan for a curfew. Instead, the governor has instructed the National Guard units on duty there to protect police. The move apparently will leave homeowners, shop owners and others wondering how to protect themselves as they brace for yet another round of violence Monday night. Over the past week, stores were looted, burned and vandalized as crowds rampaged in the wake of the police shooting. Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, said that while the National Guard was called in to Ferguson to keep order, its role will be limited to protecting the police command center. “The guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission,” the governor announced. “I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw (Sunday) night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified command center.” MORE