What's going on with how militarized the police are? How violent are the protests? Is this all this really necessary? ~ Jake Tapper
One does wonder if an officer of the law has disdain for the first amendment, if he
cares much about any of the other ones as well. Are you surprised that the
governor announced that highway patrol was taking over security for this area, a
slap in the face to the local police? ~ Jake Tapper
When the state took over controlling the protesters from the local authorities, headed by Captain Ron Johnson, Cnn acted like he was a night in shinning armor coming in to save the day from the horrible local police who's poor judgement probably caused much of the violence.
The fact he is an African-American commander with the highway patrol does
send somewhat of a signal that they are applying resources and utilizing people
that may have that level of sensitivity that's needed on the ground right now.
I believe that captain Ron Johnson will bring that to the forefront, which is
well needed at this point. ~ Gray (Brown Family Attorney) responding to a Jake Tapper question about Captain Ron Johnson's effect on violence.
When asked if the local police were overly aggressive and militarized, Captain Ron Johnson responded:
We're going to go back in a sense today and we're going to start from today.
We're not going to look back in the past. When we talk about boots on the
ground, my boots will be on the ground. And actually, I plan on myself walking
to the quick trip that has been called ground zero and meeting with the folks
there myself tonight.
And so we are going to have a different approach
and have the approach that we're in this together. So that's going to be an
approach we'll have tonight. And look at our resources and make sure we're not
taking resources out there that we don't need.
It seemed Captain Ron Johnson was going to take a softer approach. He even said if we encounter problems we will use "communication" and not "gas masks" to solve them. It really seamed as if he was dissing the local police.
Saturday night, after more looting and more buildings being burned, the heralded, the reasonable, the great communicator, Ron Johnson and his state police, once again had to enforce the curfew, use tear gas and militarized vehicles.
Several days later and there is no attempt by CNN to look back and say 'Maybe the local police didn't do such a horrible job controlling the crowd." Even though the violence has continued and is worse than its ever been. Instead they report that the violence is only coming from a small number of people and they are from outside the city. The fact is, even a cnn reporter briefly noted that those engaging in the violence were wearing masks and were intermingled with the crowd of protesters. That makes it kind of difficult to go after those committing violence and leave the non-violent protesters alone