In stark contrast to the events of just 24 hours ago, tensions between peaceful protesters and the militant police in the city of Ferguson appear to be easing. Now that the Missouri State Highway Patrol has been ordered to take control of events in the town, Capt. Ron Johnson marched with protesters, and, cautiously speaking, it looks as though the worst could be over.
Jamil Smith, an MSNBC producer, tweeted the following iconic, chills-inducing photograph:
Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol walks along with the Ferguson march. Compare this to Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/Vtezu4MuHk
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 14, 2014
The contrast between events from last night versus tonight is striking, now that the St. Louis County and Ferguson police are no longer exacerbating the situation.
Here is your new police leader, MHP Capt. Johnson, who was hugging and shaking hands with protesters as they passed. pic.twitter.com/PyaDkLleI9
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) August 14, 2014
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 15, 2014
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 14, 2014
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 15, 2014
— Jim Dalrymple II (@Dalrymple) August 15, 2014
— Laurie Skrivan (@LaurieSkrivan) August 13, 2014
It’s incredible the difference it makes when police response is appropriate rather than over-the-top and antagonistic. That said, not everyone is on board.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 15, 2014