Officer Darren Wilson: Photo Of Mike Brown's Killer Surfaces
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, received an award for "extraordinary effort in the line of duty" months before he gunned down unarmed teenager Mike Brown and left him in the street for 4 hours last Saturday, reports Yahoo News.
Wilson's father, John Wilson, posted how proud he was of his son on Facebook:
"Very proud of my son, Darren Wilson on his receiving a Commendation from his Police Department," John Wilson wrote on February 11. "Congratulations Son."
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released Wilson's name during a press conference on Friday after 5 days of refusing to do so.
When reporters tried to contact Wilson, it was revealed that he and his family had "left town days ago."
Yahoo News reports:
Four days ago John Wilson turned to Facebook for support without mentioning his son by name.
"Dear FB friends, Our family is in need for prayers to be sent up for a family member," John Wilson wrote. "Circumstances do not allow for us to say anything further. Please pray with our family in mind. Put a covering of protection over our family member please."
A woman who replied in the comment thread told John that she could put him in touch with someone that "has been through many difficult times with his children. Prayers are what brought the family through the rough times. We are just a phone call away."
John Wilson thanked his many friends who were quick to offer encouragement.
"Please continue to do so as we deal with a family situation that is very challenging," he wrote.
In his last post this week, John Wilson shared a saying from a Texas evangelical pastor: "When something is ‘out of control' it is merely out of your control - not God's!"
The Ferguson police department has done it's best to paint Brown as the aggressor, describing Wilson as a "gentle" man and an "excellent" police officer who is "devastated" about killing Brown.
But he wasn't too devastated to stand over him and gun him down while the unarmed teen held his hands in the air.
The FBI is currently conducting an investigation, while the citizens of Ferguson continue to protest Brown's brutal slaying.
Everything We Know About Darren Wilson, the Officer Who Police Say Killed Michael BrownAug 15, 2014, 4:21 PM ETMeghan Keneally Digital ReporterPolice officers stand by after the announcement of the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 15, 2014.Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Darren Wilson was identified today as the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, but only a few personal details have been released.
Wilson is 28 years old and has worked as a police officer for the past six years, Jackson said, noting that Wilson has been working in Ferguson for four years and spent two years in a different part of Missouri. ABC News' calls to the first police department where he reportedly worked were not immediately returned.
Wilson does not have any prior disciplinary complaints, Jackson said.
Brown's shooting death on Aug. 9 has been "devastating" to Wilson, Jackson said.
"He never intended for this to happen," he said.
At Darren Wilson’s house, neighbors say he and his family took off
CRESTWOOD, Mo. — In a neighborhood outside St. Louis, among the red brick ranch-style houses and well-manicured lawns and American flags flying, a house is being watched.
There are dark blue undercover police cars parked outside the house of Darren Wilson, 28, the police officer identified Friday as the man who shot and killed Michael Brown. And at the rear of Wilson’s house, there is also a marked police car sitting in the parking lot of the church.
A neighbor said that police have been here a couple days watching Wilson’s house on Manda Lane in Crestwood, a mostly white city of 11,000 people about 18 miles southwest of mostly black Ferguson.
The officer, who has been placed on administrative leave, left the neighborhood a few days ago.
The neighbor said the family got “spooked and took off pretty quickly before the name was announced.”
According to public records, Wilson, 28, was an honor roll student at St. Charles High School near Ferguson in 9th and 10th grade. His mother died when he was 16.
On Friday afternoon, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson described Wilson as “a gentle, quiet man” and “a distinguished officer.”
Joe Adlon, 49, who has lived here 40 years, said he knew Wilson. Adlon said he’s “sure” that Wilson didn’t mean to do it.
“Cops go through a lot,” said Adlon, who was watering his grass. “It’s hard to say what was going through this mind.”
Martha Arnoldy, 60, wife of the Crestwood police chief, who lives on the same street as Wilson, said there is an increased police presence in the neighborhood.
“It’s just a concern the thugs that did that stuff in Ferguson will show up here,” Arnoldy said. “Ferguson was a thriving community that had rebuilt itself. There’s a farmers market there on weekends. For this image to be out that Ferguson is a powder keg is not good.”
Arnoldy said that Wilson and his family “are in a safe place.”
No one answers at the door of Wilson’s house. A welcome sign hangs on the door. Behind the house, near the basketball court and swimming pool, there is still laundry hanging on the line.DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post who has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture.