Released 19/August/2014 (Recorded 2 a.m. 20/August/2014 local time)
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MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON: I need to answer another question.
I'm going to tell you in the midst of chaos, when officers are running around, we're not sure who's a journalist and who's not. And yes, if I see somebody with a $50,000 camera on their shoulder, I'm pretty sure.
But some journalists are walking around, and all you have is a cell phone because you're from a small media outlet. Some of you may just have a camera around your neck.
So yes, we are -- we may take some of you into custody. But when we do take you into custody, and we have found out you're a journalist, we've taken the proper action. But in the midst of it, we cannot -- in the midst of it, in the midst of chaos, and trying to move people on, we have to be safe. We have to be safe.
And we are providing protection for journalists. We had, we had a journalist who was trapped in the midst of that gunfire, in the midst of that chaos. And we're providing protection for them. We took journalists back to their trucks.
But I'm going to tell you, this nation is watching each and every one of us. This nation is watching law enforcement, this nation is watching our media, and I'm going to tell you, if we're going to solve this, we're going to have to do it together. We're going to have to do it together.
And I want you to think about that tonight. We're going to have to do it together.
But I can tell you, I talked to one journalist today, and he talked about us using our SWAT vehicles and the outfits -- SWAT outfits that they have on. And I told him, the other night when we stood in that line, and those businesses were being looted, and now those families are saying we cannot rebound from those -- we can't rebound. It's ruined our livelihood. And we stood there.
And the next day I walked off, and the media station said that we did not do enough. And I stood in that line, and officers were crying, and officers were angry at me for standing on that line and letting that happen. And today, some of those officers walked by me because they're hurt and they're ashamed that we stood there.
And I'm telling you, we're going to make this neighborhood whole. We are going to make this community whole, and we're going to do it together.
And I am not going to let the criminals that have come out here from across this country or live in this community define this neighborhood and define what we're going to do to make it right.
Have a great -- day.