ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis County police sergeant opened up to News 4 about the emotional toll Ferguson took on the hundreds of men and women tasked with patrolling the area during the unrest.
Each night during the 10 days of unrest hundreds of protestors came face to face with police officers.
Captain Ron Johnson said that during the nightly protests rocks, bricks, urine and Molotov cocktails were thrown at officers. Johnson said one night someone even fired gunshots at him and County Chief Jon Belmar.
“It’s okay to have struggled with this. It’s very stressful. It’s okay to use the resources out there to help get by this, get through the situation,” said Sergeant Jeremy Romo, a Sergeant for St. Louis County who specializes in mental health cases. “That’s a major obstacle to have the strength and courage to admit that I need some assistance to get through this.”
Sergeant Romo was on the front lines in Ferguson night after night and he said St. Louis County officers were supposed to go through a battle mind resiliency training before Michael Brown died. The riots and looting that followed Brown’s death caused the training to be postponed and they are doing it now.