Trooper to stay 'as long as it takes' in riot-hit US town

(L-R) Michael Brown Sr., Lesley McSpadden and Attorney Benjamin L. Crump address the crowd during a rally for the support of Michael Brown Jr. at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, MissouriThe trooper put in charge of tamping swirling racial tensions in this St Louis suburb vowed Sunday to stay “as long as it takes,” after violence flared anew. Captain Ron Johnson also apologized for a white police officer’s shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which caused long-simmering tensions to spill over for more than a week since his death in Ferguson, home to a black majority. “I want to start off by talking to Mike Brown’s family. I want you to know my heart goes out to you, and I say that I’m sorry,” Johnson said to loud cheering and applause from a crowd of more than 1,300 people at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson.

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