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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - The man commanding Missouri Highway Patrol officers here in the St. Louis region sees some promising signs coming in the wake of the Ferguson unrest. Captain Ron Johnson gave an exclusive interview to FOX 2 Wednesday afternoon.  Johnson says he is hopeful St. Louis can become a leader in the nation for healing long standing racial divides.

The Missouri Highway Patrol continues to be the lead law enforcement agency for coordinating police protection of citizens, including protestors and property  once the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting is announced. Captain Ron Johnson, commander of Troop C in St. Charles is urging everyone to take time to consider the outcome and then to continue talking.

Johnson, the first African American commander of Troop C has been deeply involved in both the law enforcement response and the community discussion since the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

He has participated in discussions, community meetings and made visits to talk to students at North County High schools, hoping to help them understand how they can play a positive role in improving racial relations. He says he is hopeful that will happen.