Governor Nixon Steps In

“What’s gone on here over the last few days is not what Missouri is about, it is not what Ferguson is about. This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families and go to church, a diverse community, a Missouri community. But lately it has looked a little bit more like a war zone, and that is unacceptable.”

—Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at a press conference in Ferguson on Thursday

Things may be getting better in Ferguson:

Jay Nixon announcement

From The Washington Post:

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has given control of security operations in Ferguson to Missouri State Highway Patrol. Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, who heads the highway patrol’s troop in the region, and will now direct the law enforcement response in the riot-riven city.

Johnson—unlike the overwhelming majority of police officers who have been on the scene—is African American—like the majority of people living in Ferguson. He also happens to be a 27-year veteran of the highway patrol who says he grew up in the community and has made it his home. He also said something that should have hope-generating relevance and comfort-generating resonance for Ferguson citizens and protesters:

I understand the anger and fear that the citizens of Ferguson are feeling, and our officers will respect both of those.

Amen.

And thank you, Governor Nixon.

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2 Comments

  1. King Beauregard

     /  August 14, 2014

    Cue Anson denouncing these actions as completely uncalled-for in 5, 4, 3 …

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    • King Beauregard

       /  August 15, 2014

      Also, things are peaceful enough that Thomas the Tank Engine is now prowling the streets of Ferguson:

      Thanks for nothing, Thomas. You are the Patron Saint of Celebrities Who Show Up Too Late to Make a Difference. Have you forgotten your roots?

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