A Different Day For Ferguson
Declaring "we're all in this together," Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, the new police commander in Ferguson, ordered cops to remove SWAT gear and gas masks and then marched and talked with protesters, prompting what observers called a stunning mood change in what had felt like a war zone hours before. Ordered by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to replace clueless, thuggish, over-armed local police, Johnson, who is black and grew up in the area, vowed to "break this cycle of violence." At least for now, the start of change. Thousands also marched in New York and other cities to protest police violence. Ferguson livestream here.
"I understand the anger and fear the residents of Ferguson are feeling, and our police officers will respect both of them....We all want justice, we all want answers."
Times Square Thursday night