Captain Johnson on Ferguson: This Is Not a Black and White Issue
August 15, 2014 11:39 AM
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson answers questions in Ferguson. Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen
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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Following this morning’s release of the name of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson answered questions from the press.
Johnson said Highway Patrol is not involved in the shooting investigation, and is only tasked by Gov. Jay Nixon with security.
“He wants to make sure that people in Ferguson are safe and have the right to speak their mind, and that’s what we’re tasked to do,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he would have liked Ferguson police to consult with him before releasing the name of the officer this morning. Johnson saw it on news. He said that the release of the name was requested by the community.
Johnson also said that no tear gas was used against protestors in Ferguson on Thursday, and that “last night was a great night.”
“In our anger, we have to make sure that we don’t burn down our own house,” Johnson said.
“This is not a black and white issue,” he said. “We all have sons and daughters. We all have to communicate better.”
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MY TWO SENSE by JUST ME
Dear Captain Johnson,
I believe you to be wrong on the issue of this shooting not being a black and white issue. It is. And if you are willing to look at the truth, the actual perpetrators of this Ferguson fiasco, you only need to look to Washington DC, Eric Holder, DOJ, and his boss, Obama, President of the United States. Before this administration usurped my country’s government, already corrupted, we did not have the huge racial divide that we have today. Blacks, who had no cross to bear previously, developed into bitterly hateful modes, and suddenly identified with victimhood.
“Oh my,” they said, “I hadn’t realized how much I hate white people and how wanting they’ve made my life. They must pay!” Of course the actual words and dialect would be ebonics, but I don’t write in phonetics. (And you know what? Call me a racist; I don’t care. I know who I am, and I know right from wrong. Racism is for the ignorant.)
I am angry that so many people in leadership roles have made charges against one who has not had the chance to defend himself and before the facts of this case have been fully identified. What is wrong with those people? Is there an agenda, and is it to further divide this country? It’s easy to use people’s emotions to stir up controversy, and in this case, it began the moment the black man went down. I’m tired of the portrait painted of Brown by the Obama media as a child-unarmed, and without any mention of how the police officer was battered prior to the shooting. Where is the common sense? The political power mongers of DC will push for satisfaction for the black community regardless of those facts. Unless the FBI is untouchable by the ruling elite, Wilson will go down. If the facts say he is guilty, then so be it. But what if he’s innocent and the shooting was justified?