The 'Tiny Minority' Responsible for Ferguson's Violence

Overnight, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson addressed the violence and use of force by his police officers.

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Last night, dozens of people were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, (the number has been updated to more than 70) as crowds continue to protest the killing of Michael Brown. Two people were also shot, and remain in unknown condition at a local hospital. While tear gas has not yet been used today, one death was reported just miles from the location in which Brown was shot. A robbery suspect wielding a knife was shot and killed by St. Louis Police Department officers. 

Though the situation in Ferguson is grim, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson believes that much of the trouble is being caused by a "tiny minority of lawbreakers" rather than the predominantly peaceful protesters. He specifically cited "heavy gunfire" against police officers in the middle of the night and the use of petrol bombs. 

Tomorrow, a grand jury will hear the investigation of Michael Brown's death. The grand jury was set up very rapidly, before even the third autopsy results have returned. This could lead to a speedy indictment for Darren Wilson, the first step to a trial, if the grand jury sees fit. The city of Ferguson has also pledged to put vest cameras on their police officers to help deter violence. Hopefully, this leads to a more calm evening in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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