FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Tuesday night, no tear gas was used and fewer confrontations took place between police and protesters which can be credited to a group of pastors and community leaders who have acted as a buffer.
Pastor Robert White and Bishop Derick Robinson are two ministers who have been in the front lines of protests in Ferguson. They have been credited for trying to keep crowds calm and maintaining the peace.
“They walked and they talked with people. They urged order, calm and peace. That had a calming influence on the younger people,” said Captain Ron Johnson.
Some see this as a new civil right’s movement, but if violence continues, some say it will not be successful.
Robinson and White are not the only pastors in the area, nor do they have the largest churches. But their approach to young adults is noteworthy, and young adults and responded to them.
“We’ve gone in with this hope and confidence that the work we put in prior to the crisis will help us in crisis,” said White.
Though bottles were thrown at police Tuesday night and there were tense moments, the night was relatively calm compared to previous nights. The pastors said the violence could have been ended sooner.
Wednesday afternoon, the pastors were hopeful that they would be able to meet with Johnson and the Missouri Highway Patrol. If the pastors play a key role in maintaining the peace, they want to play a more integral part in the plans for the night, so they can be more effective.