Johnson says he did not know about 'five second rule' - KMOV.com

Johnson says he did not know about 'five second rule'

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

FERUGSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson contradicted witness testimony when he visited Ferguson Monday night and told protestors he did not know of the 'five second rule'. 

Johnson told the crowd he wanted them to be able to protest safely, but created a controversy when he said he had never heard of the ‘five second rule.’ The ‘five second rule’ was used by police in Ferguson to arrest protestors standing in the same place for at least five seconds.

“My authority is not here at Ferguson PD. Some of the things that happened yesterday, the ‘five second rule,’ I found out about today. I’ve never heard of the ‘five second rule.’ I didn’t know that happened,” Johnson told protestors.

Johnson’s statement contradicts the testimony given by officers earlier in the day Monday who said Johnson believed the rule would help prevent an outbreak of violence, a view shared by other law enforcement leaders.

The ACLU is currently challenging the rule

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