We already knew his name, but now we have photos. Darren Wilson, the officer identified as the shooter who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, which initiated a week of protests, has now been identified in pictures.
Photos have now gone public of Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old officer who shot unarmed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. This incident in Ferguson, Missouri, has outraged local residents who feel the shooting was racially motivated.
Michael Brown Case: Photos Of Officer Darren Wilson Released
The two photos that have gone public show Darren winning an award. Darren’s father posted the photos with, “Very proud of my son, Darren Wilson on receiving a Commendation from his Police Department. Congratulations Son,” according to Daily Mail.
It’s been one week since Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an African American, who eyewitnesses say had his hands in the air in a bid to surrender. Residents in the St. Louis area feel that Michael’s shooting is just the latest in a series of tragic events and unfair targeting of African Americans by local police.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson previously told the public that Darren is the man who shot Michael in a press conference on Aug. 15. He also told CNN that Darren is very upset about Michael’s death. “This is his community. He never wanted any of this to happen.”
Here’s what else we know about Darren Wilson. He is a six-year veteran of the St. Louis area police department. He was an officer in Jennings, Missouri, and then later moved his patrol to Ferguson, Missouri, where this incident took place.
Darren Wilson’s Friend: He Is ‘Last Person You Would Expect To Do Something Like This’
A 12-year friend of Darren’s, who would only go by Jay for an interview, opened up to Daily Mail about his now-infamous friend.
Jay said that Darren is not a racist and he chose to work in Ferguson, Missouri — a predominately African American neighborhood. He “always made the right decisions,” Jay said. “He’s a really classy guy. He’s the last person you would expect to do something like this. I just can’t see it happening. I can’t see him doing it.”
Since this tragic incident, riots and looting have taken place in both Ferguson, Missouri and nearby St. Louis. Police officers have allegedly shot protestors with tear gas and pellet guns, including journalists on the scene. People in the greater St. Louis area continue to demonstrate and hold peaceful protests and vigils in Michael’s honor.
We hope the town of Ferguson and everyone affected by this tragedy can begin to heal and find peace.
UPDATE: A preliminary autopsy revealed that Michael was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.
— Megan Ross