Friday, August 15, 2014

With Highway Patrol, hugs and kisses replace tear gas in Ferguson

August 14 at 9:46 PM

Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson hugs Angela Whitman in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press)
FERGUSON, Mo. — Suddenly, everything has changed.

The heavy riot armor, the SWAT trucks with sniper posts, the hostile glares: tonight in Ferguson they were gone.

A stunning change in tone radiated through the suburban streets where protests had turned violent each of the last four evenings following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

But Thursday night, when more than a thousand protesters descended on the remains of QuikTrip – which was burned during riots on Sunday – they had a new leader.

The man at the front of the march, was Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, a Ferguson native.


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