Meet Jay Nixon.
File him under “feckless.”
Jay Nixon is the Governor of Missouri. He’s a moron. Here’s why. Nixon declared himself “thunderstruck” by images of the Ferguson police department.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today he was astounded by some of the images that came out of Ferguson depicting what he described as an “over-militarization” of the police force.
“I, all of us were thunderstruck by the pictures we saw,” Nixon told Martha Raddatz in an interview in Ferguson. “I mean, the over-militarization, the MRAPs rolling in, the guns pointed at kids in the street. All of that I think instead of ratcheting down brought emotion up.”
Now if I gave you one guess who helped Ferguson get all that “over-militarization” who would your guess be?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who yesterday said he was “thunderstruck” to learn how militarized police in Ferguson had become, signed off as recently as January on statewide participation in a Pentagon program providing local police departments with surplus equipment.
In authorizing Ferguson police and other local law enforcement agencies to apply for firearms and other equipment, Nixon also directed his administration to “conduct management and oversight of the program,” documents show.
Governor Nixon was unhappy about all that militarization he arranged, so he called the Ferguson police off and sent in the Missouri State Troopers who would appear far less threatening and less military and stuff.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday a change in the handling of law enforcement as tensions have escalated in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the town has lately “looked a little bit more like a war zone.”
“This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families, and go to church. A diverse community. A Missouri community. But lately it’s looked a little bit more like a war zone and that’s unacceptable,” Nixon said at a press conference.
And don’t you know, that didn’t work either, so Nixon ordered in the National Guard:
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard to restore peace in a town rocked by protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. A preliminary autopsy made public by lawyers for the family shows he was struck at least six times.
Nixon’s decision came after organized groups attacked police officers with firearms and gasoline bombs last night, leading police to fire a barrage of tear gas into the streets.
“Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community,” Nixon, a 58-year-old Democrat, said in a statement.
The Missouri National Guard looks, well, kind of military:
Nixon went full circle on that one for nothing more than optics.
Then Nixon passed the event horizon and got sucked into the black hole of stupidity. Without the benefit of facts or evidence or a fair trial or due process he let it be known that he would insist upon a “vigorous prosecution” of Officer Darren Wilson.
You voted this cretin into office, Missouri. Best of luck.