National Guard Working to Keep Peace in Ferguson

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 FERGUSON, MO — Rioting Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri left a number of businesses in ruins, and landed at least 61 people in jail.  2,200 National Guard troops were on the streets of Ferguson Tuesday night.  

Meantime, Officer Darren Wilson is breaking his silence about the night he shot Michael Brown.

“He threw the first punch?” asked ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.  “Yes,” responded Wilson.  “He hit me in the left side of my face.”

“Because you know,” said Stephanopoulos, “some of the witnesses have said they saw you trying to pull him into the car.”

“That would be against every training ever taught to any law enforcement officer,” answered Wilson.  “I don’t know what or how many hit me after that.  There was a barrage of swinging and grabbing and punching for about 10 seconds.”

Wilson says it was the first time he ever fired his gun in the line of duty.

Michael Brown’s family says they are profoundly disappointed by the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Wilson, who is still the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.  An attorney for the Brown family disputes Wilson’s Grand Jury testimony, and says the system is flawed.

Former Union County DA John Snyder tells WCCB Charlotte it is unusual that the evidence was released to the public.  “As a former prosecutor, I would not release all the information that he did,” he said.  “But he did in an effort to say, ‘There’s nothing to hide here.'”

Protesters took to the streets Tuesday night in at least 37 cities across the country, showing their support for the Brown family: from California to Minnesota to New York City, to right here in Charlotte.