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Captain Johnson on Ferguson: This Is Not a Black and White Issue

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Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (L) and Governor Jay Nixon (R) of Missouri speak to the media on August 15, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Violent protests have erupted in the city following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. Governor Nixon appointed Capt. Johnson to take control of security operations in the city of Fergusonm after receiving numerous complaints about the excessive show and use of force by the police against protestors and the news media covering the demonstrations. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (L) and Governor Jay Nixon (R) of Missouri speak to the media on August 15, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Violent protests have erupted in the city following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. Governor Nixon appointed Capt. Johnson to take control of security operations in the city of Fergusonm after receiving numerous complaints about the excessive show and use of force by the police against protestors and the news media covering the demonstrations. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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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.”

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“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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