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Highway Patrol Capt. Tells Don Lemon How They’ve Calmed Tensions in Ferguson

There has been a remarkable shift in tone in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests have been peaceful, authorities in the area have been engaging calmly with civilians, and tensions have dramatically dropped. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told CNN’s Don Lemon how they’ve been able to heal the wounds in the community.

Johnson said they’re using a “different approach” this evening. The authorities aren’t wearing gas masks, they’re engaging in dialogue with citizens, and they’re assuring that they are they first and foremost to protect peaceful protestors. He also made sure to let everyone watching know to keep Michael Brown in their thoughts and prayers.

Lemon also grilled St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar about whether he regrets the optics of last night’s fierce clashes with police. Belmar admitted the optics didn’t look that good, but did tout how no protestors and rioters were seriously injured by the police. He said, “I’m sorry about the optics, I understand that, but this positive energy here tonight, it really encourages me.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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