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(CNN) – Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are cleaning up after Monday night's protests, when they were monitored by heavily armed police looking like they were dressed for combat, with matching vehicles.
It's a striking sight on the streets of any American town. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is leading the Ferguson police, defended the level of response Tuesday, saying his officers were in danger.
"Last night we had officers screaming for help because they were coming under fire, and I looked at the faces of my officers, and they said please send someone out, please," Johnson told CNN.
He says they expect peace tonight, after last night's display of force.
"The remarkable restraint and professionalism that the police officers involved in these protests and in in civil unrest have displayed, to bring as a result of no serious injuries ... that's an incredible performance," said Democratic state Rep. Jeff Roorda, manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
"I'm not going to question the tactics," Roorda.
For more of our interview with Rep. Jeff Roorda, check out the video above.