FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made an appearance in Ferguson, Thursday and urged for police to have a softer stance. He also announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol is currently in charge of security for protests in Ferguson.
Ferguson native, Captain Ron Johnson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was well received by protesters, Thursday. Captain Johnson led hundreds of protesters through the streets for a peaceful protest.
“Say what you got to say, and just do it in peace,” said Johnson to the crowd. “I know there is frustration out here, but I can tell you there is frustration at my house.”
The scene was far different Thursday compared to previous days when SWAT teams in full tactical gear spilled out onto the streets, building more anger with protesters. Johnson led the March down West Florissant Avenue with St. Louis County Police leaders. During the march, there was no police line, but rather a sense of trust toward Captain Johnson.
“I think they need to come in with a more peaceful tactic. They don’t need to flex their guns,” said protester John Scott.
“He’s connected to us, so we’re happy,” said another protester.
“We are a community. We are all part of a community, and we are in it together. This isn’t a black or white issue,” expressed Captain Johnson.
The most profound message came from Johnson when he said “I love you all and hope you have a beautiful march!”
“We love you!” replied the crowd.