FERGUSON, Mo. — The man in charge of security operations in Ferguson, Missouri, opened a unity rally at nearby Greater Grace Church Sunday with a rousing speech that had the divided community cheering as one.
Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson began by apologizing to shooting victim Michael Brown’s family, KTVI reported.
“I am sorry. I wear this uniform and I should say that I am sorry,” he said.
“This is my neighborhood,” he went on to say. “I came in here today and saw people cheering and clapping. This is what the media needs to put on TV.”
He continued to quote from the Bible, then concluded on a personal note.
“When this is over, I’m going to go into my son’s room,” he said. “My black son. Who wears his pants saggy, his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms. But that is my baby.”
A loud, standing ovation filled the auditorium.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon transferred control of security operations in Ferguson to Johnson on Thursday.AlertMe