August 19th, 2014
07:44 AM ET

'This Has to Stop': 31 Arrested After Fresh Confrontation in Ferguson

At least 31 people were arrested in Ferguson after peaceful protests devolved into another night of chaos. And many of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson early Tuesday.

Johnson didn't provide additional details, but his remark confirmed what many in Ferguson have been saying all along: the protesters who have turned the nightly demonstrations into tense confrontations with heavily armed police officers aren't local residents.

"I'm telling you, we're going to make this neighborhood whole," Johnson said. "And I am not going to let 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."

He has a Herculean task ahead of him.

Chosen by the Gov. Jay Nixon to head up security operation - after Ferguson police was roundly criticized for its heavy-handed approach - Johnson was welcomed last week.

But those sentiments have soured as security forces under his command lob tear gas and stun grenades at rowdy protesters who toss rocks and Molotov cocktails at them.

CNN's Jake Tapper echoed the frustrations of many in the crowd after the latest encounter Monday night.

"Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there has been violence, but there is nothing going on in this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.

"So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn't make any sense."

See more on this developing story on CNN.com

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  1. Naka808

    There is too much attention being put on to this circus. If you want the protests to stop or lessen the violence, one has to take a step back and see what is causing the aggravation. The mere fact that the police has grown in size has shown an increase in the amount of attendees that gather as the sun sets. The media increases the circus by publicizing what is going on and everyone wants their 2 seconds of fame. After all, in a country of 315 million people, being recognized amongst the masses is their claim to fame. Take away the resistance and the limelight and watch how much this circus dies because of lack of attention. If you let the protestors walk and show no resistance at all, where and how far will they walk to? go until their tired? you're damn right... but then, what next? If they are not getting the attention they thought they would... what then? they go away. The answers are too damn easy but no one today uses common sense.

    August 20, 2014 at 2:50 am | Reply
  2. michaelanndahlman

    I think more honest government transparency, would be a big help. And the officer who killed Mike Brown is still free. WHy hasn't he been arrested yet? No civilian would have been free this long, it's un-just.

    August 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  3. Robert Rivera

    I think that the Missouri police should arrest the officer involved. They seem to be HARBORING A CRIMINAL.

    August 19, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply

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