Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stood before a rally for unity and delivered a powerful and heartfelt speech regarding the death of Michael Brown on Sunday. And while no new facts emerged from the speech, the it was received with a standing ovation, suggesting there is hope for more healing in the fractured community.
Johnson first apologized to the family of Michael Brown, telling them that,
“I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I’m sorry.” He continued, reminding everyone that “this is my neighborhood”
“you are my family, and you are my friends and I am you. And I will stand and protect you, and your right to protest.”
He spoke to them as a native of Ferguson, reassuring the crowd that he would be honest and transparent, saying that he would “be here as long as it takes, my words will be honest, and that if we talk about ’em behind close doors, I’m gonna tell you.”
“When this is all over, I’m going to go into my son’s room. My black son, who wears his pants saggy, wears his hat cocked to the side, and got tattoos on his arms. But that’s my baby, and we oughta be thanking the Browns for Michael. Because Michael’s gonna make it better for our sons, so they can be better black men.”
You can watch the speech below: