WHEREAS, I have been advised that there are dangerous person(s) threatening and engaging in public disorder which represents a present threat to the lives, safety and protection of the citizens and law enforcement officials of the State;

WHEREAS, such circumstances create a condition of distress and hazard to the public health and safety to the citizens and law enforcement officials of this State recognized to be beyond the capabilities of local and State authorities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ASHCROFT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of this State and pursuant to Section 41.80 RSMo 1978, do hereby declare that an emergency exists in the southern part of Missouri, and I order and direct the Adjutant General of the State, r his designee, to forthwith call and order into active service such portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to aid the local law enforcement officials to perform support functions, and it is further ordered and directed that the Adjutant General or his designee, and through him the Commanding Officer of any unit or other organization of such organized militia so called into active service to take such action and employ such equipment as may be deemed necessary in support of civilian authorities, and to provide such other assistance as may be authorized and directed by the Governor of this State.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 16th day of April, 1985.

[John Ashcroft's signature]


[Roy D. Blunt's signature]

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