August 19, 2014 4:30 pm -

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol made a statement and answered some questions at an impromptu press conference at 2:21 A.M. — naturally in the middle of the night — on Tuesday regarding the events of Monday night.


Lincoln Madison has a transcript of the press conference and I’m going to attempt to pick out the most mind-boggling statements, although they are in abundance.

Tonight began peacefully, with calm and orderly protests. Other law enforcement officers and I interacted on numerous occasions with protesters, who shook hands with officers and expressed their opinions. This was the freedom of expression that we’re committed to protecting.

On those elusive molotov cocktails:

Here on the table, we also found this Molotov cocktail tonight, and many of these were thrown last night [Aug 17] and today [Aug 18]. I’ve talked to many of you in the media that says you have not seen these being thrown. Many of our peaceful protesters haven’t seen these being thrown, because a lot of times they’re thrown without their knowledge, and as many of you saw today who were staged at West Florissant and Ferguson, you saw the bottles — the FROZEN bottles, the glass.

Questions from the press:

Question: You hinted that you wanted people to protest tomorrow during the daylight hours. Are you suggesting a possible curfew tomorrow?

Capt. Johnson: No, sir. What I want is, our PEACEFUL protesters to come in the daytime. All these criminals at night, that are masking themselves, and hiding themselves behind peace: let them come at night so we can identify them, so we can take them away from our community, and put them away and make our streets clear, so they can no longer mask themselves behind the peaceful protesters, and define this city. And I’d ask you [reporters] not to glamorize THEIR activities.

When a curfew is lifted but it’s still a curfew.

Question: You said there was no curfew tonight, and yet at about midnight, you all sent everyone along on their way. How is that NOT a curfew?

Capt. Johnson: That’s — we did not have a curfew tonight, and, matter of fact, we told some of the protesters that they could stay AS LONG AS THEY WANT, but after SAFETY was a concern, it just happened to happen at midnight, just to happen at midnight, and so, because safety was a concern — and you know, you were out there, you saw the chaos, you saw the shootings — we just had officers in the midst of GUNFIRE. We had officers in the midst of gunfire, and I guarantee you those officers’ wives and husbands and parents are calling them now. I stood there and listened over the radio and heard the screams of those officers, who were under gunfire. I went back to our SWAT vehicle and saw the gentleman laying in the back who had been shot. I saw a car pull up and drop a gentleman off that had been shot in the hand, that was dazed, walking down the street. We can’t have this. We do not want any CITIZEN hurt, we don’t want any OFFICER hurt, but when you’re shooting into apartment complexes, and children are lying in their bed in apartment complexes, and bullets are flying through the air, the old saying on the streets, as they say, “A bullet has no name.” We do NOT want to lose another life in this community.

A good question which went answered.

Question: But if you don’t like violence, how come your cops are dressed like the military, with military gear?

Capt. Johnson: [no answer]

Again, no answer.

Question: Why are our First Amendment rights being infringed upon? I know the risk involved. I served in combat…

Capt. Johnson: [no answer]


This one is my favorite:

We may take some of you into custody, but when we DO take you into custody and we have found out that you’re a journalist, we have taken the proper action.

(my bold, because WTF?)

After that odd statement, Johnson said that we have to work together.

But I’m going to tell you, this nation is watching each and every one of us. This nation is watching law enforcement, this nation is watching our media, and I’m gonna tell you, if we’re going to solve this, we’re gonna have to do it TOGETHER — we’re gonna HAVE to do it together — and I want YOU to think about that tonight. We’re going to HAVE TO DO IT TOGETHER.

Thankfully, the Ferguson police have gotten a few criminal journalist thugs off the street, so have a nice day.

We are going to make this community whole, and we’re going to do it together. And I am NOT going to let the 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. Have a great day.

The sad part of this is that we thought Johnson wanted to do right by the protesters. We thought he would be the one to bring unity.

H/T: My BFF @ComgenKDT with thanks.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Ferguson Police Statement: If We Arrested A Journalist Then We’ve ‘Taken The Proper Action’

  1. Gindy51 August 19th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Do right by the protestors? He’s a cop. How in the hell can you expect him to take sides against his own organizations? Pollyanna much? I mean this isn’t rocket science. His shaking hands with a few people and spewing nice words (like a certain pope..) does not mean he is actually going to DO anything differently.

  2. mea_mark August 19th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Can we together arrest Darren Wilson for murder? There is no together, the Authorities have separated themselves and said we live by and obey a different set of laws. The Rule of Law needs to be applied equally, police should not have a different set of laws that they follow. The Authorities in Saint Louis are acting more like pawns of the Oligarchy and beating up the poor and minorities just because they can. The Optics for togetherness are not there until Darren Wilson is arrested and charged.

    • Suzanne McFly August 19th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      I lived in Jacksonville Florida for awhile and I still read the news from that area. There was a news story of people who support Darren Wilson and shows how the locals are voicing their support and sending him money for his defense. The comment section was filled by the same 6 people commenting and replying to one another, all of course in support for shooting the black thug who was endangering a good cop doing a hard job. I do not miss that mentality at all, text book racists.

  3. granpa.usthai August 19th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    weren’t no restrictions placed on the ARMED WITH DEADLY WEAPONS WHITE RACIST THUG TERRORIST in Nevada. Does the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (a nation whose human rights violations deserve a UN apology in front of the entire world to China for) have variable laws that will NEVER find ARMED AND DANGEROUS WHITE RACIST THUG TERRORIST guilty of ANY F*ING VIOLATION of the written laws?
    Didn’t see any cases of media being denied full Constitutional Rights in Nevada, either – even when filming ARMED WHITE RACIST THUG TERRORIST sighting down on US Federal Agents and US Citizens locked and loaded.


  4. Tommy6860 August 19th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Well, it seems no matter what police force is brought to change the scenery, they all act the same on the orders of their superiors. We are supposed to be a nation of laws, not police acting as a law unto themselves.

    • BanditBasheert August 19th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      The problem is – the police do not MAKE the law. They cannot close down businesses, they cannot implement a curfew. That must come legally from someone with that authority.
      The police in Ferguson obviously have no idea where their authority begins or ends.
      Specially if you happen to be (cough cough) of the darker persuasion.

  5. BanditBasheert August 19th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Passive aggressive / manic / depressive …
    There is a whole DSM IV in that press conference.
    Do this but don’t do that but if you do it’s our fault, no wait it’s your fault.
    If we arrest you it’s because you did something wrong even if you didn’t.

  6. labman57 August 19th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    With respect to the Ferguson police department’s ongoing heavy-handed interactions with the news media, it seems that they regard the protections provided by the U.S. Constitution as — to quote a line from a famous movie — “mere guidelines”.

  7. uzza August 19th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Ferguson’s problem’s go a lot deeper than this shooting.

    The Ferguson Police force has 79 white and 3 black cops
    The town’s government approaches 100% white—one black school board member
    The population is 69% Black, 29% White. No breakdown on rich/poor, but we can guess.

    The population is 21,000 people. In 2013, their Municipal Court issued
    24,532 arrest warrants, or about 3 warrants per household.
    The town’s second largest source of revenue (over $2.6 million) is fines and court fees

  8. whatthe46 August 19th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    We may take some of you into custody, but when we DO take you into custody and we have found out that you’re a journalist, we have taken the proper action.

    (my bold, because WTF?)
    i agree… WTF

  9. fancypants August 20th, 2014 at 5:59 am

    I understand these cops have a great union