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Police Captain in Ferguson: Protest In The Daytime, So "Violent Agitators" Can't Hide

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is leading police efforts in Ferguson, MO.

RON JOHNSON: Anyone who has been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic in the night that allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos. The catalyst can be bottles thrown, molotov cocktails, and of course shots fired. Protesters are peaceful are respectful, protesters don't clash with police, they don't throw molotov cocktails. It is criminals who throw molotov cocktails and fire shots and endangers lives and property.


Tonight there were numerous reports of shots fired, we had two fires, one at a business, and one at an unoccupied residence. In the area of West Florence and Canfield, our officers came under heavy gunfire. Our officers confiscated two guns at a car stop near the media staging area.

Because of the dangers posed tonight, I want to encourage the good people of this area to come out and protest tomorrow during the daytime hours. Make your voices heard when you can be seen, and when you're not the cover for violent agitators.

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