Clergy help keep the peace in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - After three consecutive days of tear gas and unrest on W. Florissant Ave., Tuesday and Wednesday nights were a welcome relief. Captain Ron Johnson called Wednesday a "good night in Ferguson," and pointed to the presence of several community leaders, including members of the clergy.

NewsChannel 5's Blayne Alexander caught up with two ministers from the Church of God in Christ. Elder Jason Watts and Pastor Herbert Thompson have spent three nights on W. Florissant Ave., speaking to protesters and officers alike.

"(Our) instructions were to go out, meet with members of law enforcement and also with protesters, and our main goal was to try to bridge the gap," Thompson told NewsChannel 5's Blayne Alexander.

Watts said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson reached out to them and asked they return to the protest site.

"He approached us and told us that he really appreciated us being there and he felt like we had an impact," Thompson said.

Both men have been recruiting more clergy all week, and plan to return to the protest area until everything ends.

"There were so many people that were asking the question - where are the leaders, as far as the clergy," Thompson said. "So we just want to be out there to support them and show that we do care."


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