Police release name of officer who shot Missouri teen

Fatal police shooting in Missouri sparks protests

 

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has released the name of the officer who shot and killed a teen in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking violent protests and thrusting the small community into the national spotlight.

Fatal police shooting in Missouri sparks protestsDarren Wilson was just one of 53 officers in a small-town police department until his encounter with the unarmed teenager on a street in a St. Louis suburb.

Authorities, citing death threats, had refused to release Wilson’s name since he fatally shot Michael Brown last Saturday.

It was not known whether Wilson, an officer for six years, has been placed on modified assignment. Jackson told reporters that the officer had faced no disciplinary action during his time on the job.

Jackson, before speaking to reporters, told CNN’s Don Lemon that the officer was “devastated” by what had happened.

“This is his community,” Jackson said. “He never wanted any of this to happen.”

Jackson said the officer had responded to a call about a sick person before receiving a call about a convenience store robbery shortly before noon the day of the shooting.

Wilson had received via radio a description of the robbery suspect when he encountered Brown on the street, Jackson said.

Authorities had not previously mentioned reports of a robbery in the area.

Brown, an African-American teenager who was days away from starting college, was shot to death in what police said was a struggle for the officer’s gun. No one has disputed that Brown was unarmed. But witnesses said the 18-year-old victim was shot as he tried to distance himself and raised his hands into the air.

The shooting sparked protests and isolated looting incidents, and police response with rubber bullets and tear gas, and arrested dozens of people. Many in the community demanded to know the name of the officer involved in the shooting.

Residents complained about long-simmering tensions between the mostly African-American community and predominantly white police force.

Two-thirds of Ferguson’s population is black. The police chief is white. Only three African-Americans are part of the 53-person department.

The mayor is also white, and so are five of the six city council members.

 

 

9 comments

  • Not a brother

    So the story continues to unfold. The black man s being kept down by the whities. It seems no matter what you do for a minority, they still wont be happy. This punk had several previous felony arrests, and was on the run from one he just committed. Pictures speak a thousand words. Go ahead and burn your own communities down, rob and loot like the savages you are… Flipping ignorant people you are!

  • Fred

    If it was a white kid that was shot it wouldn't even be news.

    By the way, Al Sharpton is a huge racist pig !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Allan

    So they complain that many of their ELECTED officials are white. It seems like if they think they aren’t getting a fair shake then perhaps they vote for new officials.

    But burning down your own community because of a perceived social injustice seems a tad over the top. And it goes to prove the point that maybe a more militant police force is necessary. It’s not like Ferguson PD is out gassing neighborhoods on a daily basis.

  • littlelynne

    In the 513 days since Trayvon's death, there have been 11,106 black on black murders, and an average of 400 a yr. cop on minority shootings.
    I'm just saying……..maybe we should all take a deep breath and calm down. The actions of the protesters in Ferguson are disgraceful, this is not how people get their point across, rioting and acting like fools, stand up, speak up, yes…. but let's do this with some pride and dignity people.We have enough wars going on in this world of ours, let's not put another in our own back yard.

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