Officer Who Shot And Killed Micheal Brown (Darren Wilson) Claims "Ferguson Made Me Unemployed"
|Officer Who Shot And Killed Micheal Brown (Darren Wilson) |
Claims "Ferguson Made Me Unemployed"
The 29-year-oldhasn't been able to land a new police job, and is haunted by death threats stemming from Brown's shooting almost exactly one year ago.
|Officer Darren Wilson|
“You do realize that his parents are suing me?” Wilson said. “So I have to think about him.”
He added: “Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point. Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all.”
Darren Wilson also told reports that it’s too hot an issue, so it makes me unemployable,”.
Wilson said that after a grand jury cleared him, he wanted to rejoin Ferguson’s police force but was told that might put other officers at risk.
Asked what he would do if Ferguson police offered him his job back, he said he would do it for one day so people would not view him as "defeated."
Wilson, 29, shot Brown, 18, following a scuffle Aug. 9.
The shooting, and a grand jury decision not to charge Wilson, set off massive and sometimes violent protests across the nation.
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Wilson lives with his wife, Barb, also a former Ferguson police officer, and their baby.
Wilson said that in the months following the shooting he had been preoccupied with the legal ramifications and overall tumult, and had not thought about who Brown really was.
“I only knew him for those forty-five seconds in which he was trying to kill me,” Wilson said.
The Justice Department issued a report on the shooting that found Wilson did not violate Brown's civil rights, and that Wilson's use of force was reasonable. But it also issued a report describing the justice system of Ferguson as racist.
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He dismissed the assertion that the underlying problem in Ferguson was the lack of quality jobs.
He said young people in Ferguson share a “pre-gang culture, where you are just running in the streets — not worried about working in the morning" and not feeling compelled to get a job.
He acknowledged that the available jobs often paid poorly, but added, “That’s how I started. You’ve got to start somewhere.”