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Aug 18, 2014 6:47 PM by NBC News

President Obama is calling for calm in Ferguson, Missouri

(NBC News) Law enforcement is gearing up in Ferguson, Missouri for another potentially tense night in a city that's seen violence and unrest since the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

National Guard soldiers are now in place in the city.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the increased security to help quell the escalating violence. Nixon also lifted a midnight curfew, hoping there will not be a repeat of last night's violence.

Obama also announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with FBI agents and other Department of Justice workers conducting a separate federal investigation into the Brown shooting.

The president said Holder will also meet with law-enforcement officials and other leaders in the community to "help bring about peace and calm in Ferguson."

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