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Watch Capt. Ron Johnson's riveting speech at Ferguson rally

Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol gave a riveting speech earlier today at a rally to call for justice for Michael Brown, held at Ferguson, Missouri's Greater Grace Church. In the speech, Johnson pledges solidarity with the community and calls for Michael's memory to help the world become a better place.

"We all ought to be thanking the Browns for Michael, because Michael's gonna make it better for our sons, so they can be better black men," he says.

Watch the speech below, then read a full article on the rally at CNN.

Read all of Vox's coverage on the events in Ferguson.