Missouri Highway Patrol Captain: Media 'Glamorize' Criminal Activity

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain: Media 'Glamorize' Criminal Activity

In an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” on Tuesday, Missouri Highway Patrol Cpt. Ron Johnson, who has spearheaded the on-the-ground security effort in Ferguson, MO, criticized some of the media.

According to Johnson, some of the activity by the criminal element is being inspired by the media on the ground in Ferguson, MO.

“We had a number of journalists — and not all,” Johnson said. “The journalists have been on our side. They have been our partners and reporting. You know, I get home each morning. I look at the news and I am really grateful to the media for what they’ve done. But we have a lot of media that have not done a great job. Last night, when crowds were walking and small groups and it got large and they were just walking and then when a certain element — that criminal element that got out here with masks on, who wanted to agitate, would stop in front of the media. The media would swarm around them, give them a platform and glamorize their activity. The crowd would stop and before we knew it, the crowd is 100. Now it’s 200. Now it’s 300. And now those criminals began to start throwing things out of the crowd that was standing within the media.”

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