Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced yesterday afternoon that Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, a Ferguson native, would take over security, and vowed that officers would take a different approach to handling the massive crowds that have taken to Ferguson’s streets each night. Not only did Johnson march with the protesters, but he vowed to not blockade the street, to set up a media staging center, and to ensure that residents’ rights to assemble and protest were not infringed upon. Officers working crowd control, he said, have been told they must take off their gas masks. By last night, the heavy riot armor, the SWAT trucks with sniper posts, and the hostile glares had disappeared. A stunning change in tone radiated through the suburban streets where protests had turned violent each of the last four evenings following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. So happy to see the tide is turning. Peace and love to the people of Ferguson.

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