Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — At least 31 people were arrested in Ferguson after peaceful protests devolved into another night of chaos. And many of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson early Tuesday.
Johnson didn’t provide additional details, but his remark confirmed what many in Ferguson have been saying all along: the protesters who have turned the nightly demonstrations into tense confrontations with heavily armed police officers aren’t local residents.
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“I’m telling you, we’re going to make this neighborhood whole,” Johnson said. “And I am not going to let criminals that have come out here from across this country or live in this community define this neighborhood and define what we’re going to do to make it right.”
He has a Herculean task ahead of him.
It’s a shame what’s going on in Ferguson. Well, beyond shame really.
And the characters of the individuals who looted, burned, and creating chaos in this area is simply disgusting. Coming from a police family and an extensive military background, it sickens me to hear the vile abuse hurled against cops.
What about the internal crimes repeatedly occurring within these communities?
EVERY week we hear about black on black crime in the St. Louis area. WHERE is the outrage? WHERE are the protests?
WHY can’t communities simply come together (political, religious, and business leaders alike) and denounce the slaughter of young black men from their fellow peers?
TAKE BACK YOUR TOWN FROM ALL THIS LAWLESSNESS.
I already KNOW more community outreach needs to be done between the P.D. and locals…but also addressing the violence WITHIN these communities occurring between themselves needs to S.T.O.P.
There are GOOD people in Ferguson. I know of a few who are in my Army Reserve unit and who work at my agency. They are heartbroken and angry about what’s happened. There are outsiders infiltrating into this suburb instigating more violence and chaos. Good hardworking citizens who are simply trying to put things to order. Instead, the situation has deteriorated.
Has compassion, understanding, and common sense left??????