Captain Ron Johnson, law enforcement officials hold emotional press conference

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Law enforcement officers held an emotional press conference early Tuesday morning after another night of violence.

Captain Ron Johnson was nearly in tears as he detailed the struggle law enforcement officers have faced with protests and violence.

It was sparked by the shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer.

Law enforcement backed off during one of the protests last week to avoid a violent confrontation, allowing looting and significant property damage in Ferguson. They faced a lot of criticism for that decision.

Captain Johnson is asking all of the peaceful protesters to gather during the day, so criminals can’t hide among them under the cover of night. Johnson says some criminals have come from as far away as New York and California.

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