Capt. Ron Johnson Slams Violence in Ferguson After Shrine Blaze
Johnson — who became a symbol of calm after he was put in charge of the response to protests that sprang up after the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old — said the cause of the blaze that destroyed the shrine to Brown was still under investigation but he does not believe officers were involved. Hours after it happened, troublemakers tried to loot a beauty store and used gasoline to ignite a small fire at a restaurant, he said.
He said that shortly after midnight, some in a crowd of protesters began shining flashlights in the eyes of officers and "began to shout threatening remarks...about shooting police, burning down the town." After police ordered the crowd to disperse, bottles and rocks were thrown and two officers were injured, Johnson said. "This behavior will not be tolerated," he added.