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WP: Hugs And Kisses Replace Tear Gas In Ferguson, MO

From a nevertheless teary-eyed Washington Post:

With Highway Patrol, hugs and kisses replace tear gas in Ferguson

By Wesley Lowery | August 14, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Suddenly, everything has changed. The heavy riot armor, the SWAT trucks with sniper posts, the hostile glares: tonight in Ferguson they were gone.

A stunning change in tone radiated through the suburban streets where protests had turned violent each of the last four evenings following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But Thursday night, when more than a thousand protesters descended on the remains of QuickTrip – which was burned during riots on Sunday – they had a new leader.

Plus, all the stores had already been picked clean or were boarded up.

The man at the front of the march, was Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, a Ferguson native. “I’m not afraid to be in this crowd,” Johnson declared to reporters.

Johnson, a towering African American man who wiped sweat from his brow as he pointed out neighborhood hangouts and restaurants he used to frequent, was put in charge of crowd control earlier in the day, replacing the St. Louis County police who had been overseeing the police response to the protests…

Hallelujah. In fact, why don’t we just put blacks in charge of the police everywhere, and end all of the problems between the police and ‘the community’ once and for all.

For instance, just imagine if we had a black as the top law enforcement office in the country.

Not only did Johnson march with the protesters, but he vowed to not blockade the street, to set up a media staging center, and to ensure that residents’ rights to assemble and protest were not infringed upon…

This is an excellent idea. In fact, maybe the police should also join in with some car-jackings or burglaries, now and then. Just to show solidarity with the car-jackers and burglars.

Officers working crowd control, he said, have been told they must take off their gas masks…

That’s right, the police shouldn’t enjoy any unfair advantages over anyone else in a riot.

And the difference from protests at similar times in the evening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was massive. By this time on Wednesday, police had detained protesters, by this point on Monday officers had begun deploying tear-gas canisters at residents who would not disperse.

[Instead] Johnson hugged and kissed community members as they passed, slapping backs and sharing laughs…

How beautiful. Maybe Hillary and Obama have started a new hugging trend.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 15th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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