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August 15, 2014 7:00 AM

Missouri Highway Patrol captain listens to, and calms, a city torn by violence and mistrust

Ronald Johnson entered the drama of race, violence and trust swirling in Ferguson, citing the Bible, preaching tolerance, and simultaneously representing both law and order and the fear and anger of seething residents. He turned a news conference into a town-hall meeting, waded into the crowd and seemed to listen as much as he spoke while discussing the fallout from the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

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