Missouri Gov. Nixon deploys National Guard to Ferguson

Donald Sawyer

Don Sawyer, assistant professor of sociology at Quinnipiac University, said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to deploy the National Guard to regain control of Ferguson, Missouri after a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager could lead to more violence. 

"I think we have to draw a line between what it means to serve and protect and what it mean to terrorize a community," Sawyer said. "Imagine being in that community and dealing with this trauma and you see tanks and people dressed in camouflage pointing weapons at you. I think the militarization of police escalates situations." 

In addition, Sawyer can discuss the media's depiction of black male youths and the differences between uprisings and riots. 

Sawyer earned his doctorate in sociology from Syracuse University after successfully defending his dissertation, "I Ain't Do Nothing: The Social and Academic Experiences of Black Males in a Dismantled Middle School." He holds master's degrees from Syracuse and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hartwick College. Learn more about Sawyer.

To schedule an interview with Sawyer, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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