Darren Wilson (1986- ), a White American police officer, gunned down Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri on Augusth 9th 2014. It led to riots, weeks of protest and a hideous show of military force by county police.
A month later, Wilson is in hiding, on paid leave. Over $400,00 has been raised in his name. The case is before a grand jury, which will decide on possible charges.
He did not fill out a police report. That means that he can make up a lie to fit the known facts after they come out. He, his lawyer, his union, his family and his inner circle of friends are all keeping their mouths shut.
Two hospital pictures of his injuries have appeared on the Internet, one of them from Larry Elder. Both are fake.
After police academy, Wilson worked for the Jennings, Missouri police department for about two years and then the Ferguson one for four. Like Ferguson, the Jennings force was nearly all-White serving a mostly Black town. The police were so violent, corrupt and racist that the city council fired all the officers. On that force Wilson was considered “average”.
On the Ferguson force he received an award in February:
In recognition of outstanding police work while investigating a suspicious vehicle call. Acting alone you struggled with one subject and was able to gain control of the subject and his car keys until assistance arrived.
The “subject”, Christopher Brooks, remembers it differently: when he refused to let Wilson search his car, Wilson roughed him up and took his keys. He says Wilson used excessive force. While Brooks did have six or seven ounces of marijuana (170 to 200 grams), Wilson’s reason for searching the car is questionable: Wilson says he received a call, but in the police report he never says where the call came from. The police refuse to talk about it.
As to the shooting of Michael Brown, on August 15th an anonymous caller to a radio talk show said she was a friend of his girlfriend. According to her, Wilson said he received a call about Michael Brown robbing a store. When he gets out of his police car to confront Michael Brown:
“Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and then Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. … [after a struggle for the gun] the gun goes off. Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, ‘Freeze!’ Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him … And then all the sudden he just started bum-rushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. So [Wilson] really thinks [Brown] was on something, because he just kept coming. It was unbelievable. And so he finally ended up, the final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two to three feet in front of the officer.”
Thug Test (on September 10th):
- 7 Google hits for “Darren Wilson is a thug” or “Darren Wilson was a thug”
- 758,400 Google hits for “Michael Brown is a thug” or “Michael Brown was a thug”
– Abagond, 2014.
Update (November 24th 2014): No charges will be brought against Wilson. In his testimony, he viewed Michael Brown through the Black Brute stereotype and therefore feared for his life. What the anonymous caller says in the post does in fact seem to come from Wilson’s own account.
Update (August 12th 2015): The New Yorker did a 12-page profile on Darren Wilson. Wilson, like the police and the courts in Ferguson, views Blacks through a lens of Black pathology. And, like them, he did not think there was anything profoundly wrong with the police department – because their world view allowed them to blame Blacks for everything wrong with Ferguson. Wilson still wants to be a police officer, but no police department will hire him.
- Wilson’s racism:
- Darren Wilson’s supporters
- Michael Brown
- Bob McCulloch – the county prosecutor
- Ferguson II – McCulloch decides not to charge Wilson with a crime.
- The police