U.S. News

08.15.14

Viral Video of the Day: Police Commander Reaches Out to Ferguson

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson marches, talks with protesters

In sharp contrast to the previous few days, Thursday night in Ferguson, MO, saw more peaceful interactions between law enforcement and the people protesting Saturday’s shooting death of Michael Brown.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, now in charge of the police in Ferguson, marched with protesters Thursday and—as seen in the video below from the New York Daily News—began efforts to communicate with them.

The crowd eventually broke out into a chant of “What’s his name?”, referring to the name of the officer who shot 18-year-old Brown. On Friday morning, that name was revealed by Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson, to be Darren Wilson.

Video screenshot