Ferguson Police Chief Names Darren Wilson As Officer Who Shot & Killed Michael Brown
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has named Darren Wilson as the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Wilson is a six-year veteran of the police force who has never had any disciplinary action against him. He has been placed on administrative leave. For days, Chief Jackson refused to name the shooter, citing threats against him made on social media.
Brown, 18 years old and college-bound, was shot under circumstances that are still in dispute. The police say there was a struggle prior to the shooting. Witnesses say Brown had his hands up when he was shot multiple times. Brown was unarmed when he was killed.
“Chief Jackson said Mr. Wilson had been alerted to a robbery at a convenience store shortly before the encounter with the teenager, Michael Brown, 18, who was walking home from a store on Saturday when he was shot,” says The New York Times.
The incident has prompted nationwide protests and scrutiny of police procedures in our nation’s cities. Protests in Ferguson were met with police use of rubber bullets and tear gas, peaceful protesters and journalists thrown in jail, and local police armed as though they were heading to war. With more local police forces armed with military weaponry, there are now questions about whether a policy that hands off military gear to police forces around the country should be changed.
On Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon put the state’s Highway Patrol in charge of security. Immediately, the tone of the situation changed, with peaceful protests taking place and minimal clashes between them and the cops. In some cases, the police actually joined the protesters.
“We’re all in this together,” Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson told NBC News.
Reporter Ron Allen says that, on the scene in Ferguson following the announcement, there was some anger from those who think that Brown’s shooting was a case of racial profiling, with the teen targeted because of that robbery report.