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Records: Police wanted National Guard used in Ferguson neighborhood for grand jury decision

  • FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, Shan Zhao, owner of On On Chop Suey restaurant, looks at his Ferguson, Mo, business after it was damaged during protests following a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, Shan Zhao, owner of On On Chop Suey restaurant, looks at his Ferguson, Mo, business after it was damaged during protests following a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, National Guard troops stand in front of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department a day after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, National Guard troops stand in front of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department a day after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown had been shot. But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)  (The Associated Press)

Newly released documents reveal that police planning for a grand jury announcement wanted National Guard troops and armored Humvees stationed in a Ferguson neighborhood where Michael Brown had been shot.

But the records show the requests were not granted, because Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon preferred to use the Guard in a support role to police.

Nixon's office provided the documents to The Associated Press on Tuesday under an open records request. Some of the materials also were provided to a legislative committee looking into why the National Guard was not more quickly deployed to stop looting and arsons after the Nov. 24 announcement that officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be charged in Brown's death.

Nixon has defended his decision to use police, instead of military troops, on the front lines.