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Washington Post finds Darren Wilson guilty by association

Washington Post finds Darren Wilson guilty by association

Attacks prior police force racial problems in a different town and his family’s legal problems, none of which involved Wilson.

The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law.


There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is even mentioned, it’s in the context of staying out of trouble.

But that does not stop WaPo from trashing Wilson by association.

WaPo Darren Wilson first job troubled police department

Here’s an excerpt on that prior police department from Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities:

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.

Some of the Jennings officers reapplied for their jobs, but Wilson got a job in the police department in the nearby city of Ferguson…..

What he found in Jennings, however, was a mainly white department mired in controversy and notorious for its fraught relationship with residents, especially the African American majority. It was not an ideal place to learn how to police. Officials say Wilson kept a clean record without any disciplinary action.

Why would WaPo focus its story on racial problems with the police department in a different town in a prior job when Wilson himself is not accused by WaPo of participating or doing anything wrong?

WaPo goes into great detail on another shooting of a black women by a Jennings police officer, with no claim Wilson was involved in any way. Just the opposite, WaPo, deep down in the story admits:

Robert Orr, the former Jennings police chief who retired in 2010, said of Wilson: “He was a good officer with us. There was no disciplinary action.”

The entire tale of Jennings and the shooting of the black woman is meant to smear Wilson as a racist by association, which is precisely how the media is playing the WaPo story.

Then WaPo really gets nasty, trashing Wilson’s family and upbringing, although again WaPo admits at the end that Wilson emerged wanting to help people:

Wilson has had some recent personal turmoil: Last year, he petitioned the court seeking a divorce from his wife, Ashley Nicole Wilson, and they formally split in November, records show….

Wilson was born in Texas in 1986 to Tonya and John Wilson, and he had a sister, Kara. His parents divorced in 1989, when he was 2 or 3 years old.

His mother then married Tyler Harris, and they lived in Elgin, Tex., for a time, records show. Tyler and Tonya Harris had a child named Jared.

The family later moved to the suburban Missouri town of St. Peters, where Wilson’s mother again got divorced and married a man named Dan Durso, records indicate.

Wilson attended St. Charles West High School, in a predominantly white, middle-class community west of the Missouri River. He played junior varsity hockey for the West Warriors but wasn’t a standout.

There were problems at home. In 2001, when Wilson was a freshman in high school, his mother pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing. She was sentenced to five years in prison, although records suggest the court agreed to let her serve her sentence on probation.

She died of natural causes in November 2002, when Wilson was 16, records show. His stepfather, Tyler Harris, took over as his limited guardian, which ended when the boy turned 18.

A family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of threats, said Wilson sought out a career in law enforcement as a way to create a solid foundation in his life that he’d been missing.

Why all this personal background on his family’s legal problems? What does that have to do with anything?

If Wilson himself did something wrong potentially related to the shooting of Michael Brown, that would be one thing.

But this is guilt by association with a former employer and his parents.

This reminds me of the Rick Perry hunting ground rock story two years ago, where WaPo devoted it’s enormous energies to smearing Perry as racist based upon rank speculation over a rock at the family hunting grounds.


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Let Vox explain: well, in another City at another time a cop shot a black guy, so Wilson is guilty. QED

nordic_prince | August 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

They’re not reporters or even journalists – they’re muckrakers.

This is the most egregious piece of filth I’ve seen in a MSM publication in awhile and that’s saying a lot. I read it last night and I was so hopping mad that I wrote to Amazon and told Mr. Bezos that I’m seriously considering cancelling my Amazon Prime membership. It would certainly hurt me more than it would hurt them but I don’t know that I can continue in good conscience continue to support a company run by a man that owns a newspaper that would allow this kind of revolting yellow journalism and resulting racial damage country to our nation to continue.

    Spiny Norman in reply to jeannebodine. | August 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    It’s called “yellow journalism”. It’s despicable, but it’s as old as the newspaper business itself. Reporters once had a reputation as low as “used car salesmen” do today.

    Cancel Amazon Prime … yup … right after I finish streaming all 5 seasons of “Justified”.

      guyjones in reply to MrE. | August 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Fun show. I’m getting into it, myself. Nice to have a show that isn’t set in a major metro area, and, which depicts a rural part of the country, even if most of the denizens are necessarily portrayed as scoundrels and miscreants, for dramatic effect.

    Not reading it, but did the authors even put their name on this, or are they hiding behind “staff”

I await with bated breath the WaPo expose’ of the chicken entrails of Michael Brown to the seventh generation.

And, while my breath may be bated, it is not held…

    NeoConScum in reply to Ragspierre. | August 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    AMEN, Brutha Rags the Insensitive!!

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Ragspierre. | August 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Hey, Rags

    To me this seems to be an attempt to sway the opinion of an un-sequestered Grand Jury that is currently hearing the a case involving this officer.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gremlin1974. | August 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I dunno if they actually think on those lines. This is just sort of what they do, and how they do it.

      GateWayPundit points out they had nine different reporters on this.

      I have to wonder what our recent experience would have been like had they put nine reporters on Sen. Obama and PRINTED what they were learning…

There’s nothing about Browns behavior and the available evidence that shows anything but that Brown was a fat violent thug who was stupid enough to rush an injured and armed police officer he had just criminally assaulted

I simply don’t see the controversy about his well-deserved demise.

Dear Izvestia(aka WaPo): SHAME on you and a pox on your squalid house.

Having said that, now please go back and review pics of the 300-lb home boy tossing around the 7-11 clerk before exiting with his thieved items and soon thereafter assaulting a policeman IN HIS CAR.

IF he’d attacked me in my car here in Winter Park, Florida, I hope to God that I’d been able to grab my .22-long rifle firing High Standard Derringer and shot both barrels through his punk ‘haid,’Yo. Entirely legal here in Florida, Thank God.

It is about time that murdering trigger happy police are exposed. I don’t know about the rest of you but the next time I need help, I’m not calling a racist cop, I’m calling a classically trained professional journalist. And if the situation is really desperate, I’m going to call for an editor or maybe even an opinion columnist.

They gotta keep that fire burning. When one has no principles, there is no shame. They do have a purpose, and that is to keep things messy – this article will piss off the right and left.

Their religion (i.e. moral philosophy) is notable for its doctrines of inherited and collective sin. Its is known for principles which denigrate individual dignity and devalue human life. It’s a degenerate religion, but dreams of redistributive and retributive change have converted not a few men and women.

Anyway, it’s just democratic politics, which marginalizes and aborts its competitors.

He played junior varsity hockey for the West Warriors but wasn’t a standout.

Well, that changes everything. I was willing to give Darren the benefit of the doubt until I read that. Thanks, WaPo.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to JerryB. | August 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    They also found someone willing to call him an “average” police officer. As slanted as that piece is I’m sure that “average” is the worst thing anyone they interviewed would say about Wilson. If they had worse, they’d have printed it.

      I don’t feel qualified or informed enough to assess Wilson’s policing.

      But his shooting under stress was pretty damned good.

      And I DO know a bit about THAT. 🙂

      –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

        You’ve got that right, Andrew! I haven’t seen this discussed. I’d suspect he was trying not to kill Brown at first, keeping aim away from head and heart. Then again, his aim might have been a bit off given his condition. But the final shots were dead on. It’s unreal that Brown kept coming.

        I suspect they’re holding the blood toxicology report because that will be the final nail in this story.

        But his shooting under stress was pretty damned good.

        The same could be said for Detective Joseph Walker.

          Gremlin1974 in reply to m1. | August 25, 2014 at 2:12 am

          Actually not really since his first shot, you know the one that actually killed Harvey, was a ricochet off of the ground most likely due to poor trigger control.

Aren’t those the same folks who insist that the unsavory associations (chosen and otherwise) of Barack Obama throughout his life have nothing at all to do with his own character, and that suggesting they do is racist?

Aren’t they also insisting that any actions taken by Big Mike Brown up to the moment that Wilson pulled the trigger have nothing whatsoever to do with how he ended up on the wrong end of a police gun, and that suggesting otherwise of racist?

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Radegunda. | August 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Horrors! You’re not suggesting the media is grossly hypocritical, are you?

    No different than all the people here who insisted that Joseph Harvey’s past history as well as his actions that night had nothing to do with the moment Detective Walker pulled the trigger. Harvey’s actions that evening shouldn’t have been the reason Harvey saw the other end of Detective Walker’s gun.

      Ragspierre in reply to m1. | August 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Who suggested that?

      Is this really going to be your monomania for the rest of time?

      Gremlin1974 in reply to m1. | August 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Harvey’s past actions are only relevant if Walker had prior knowledge of them, which there is no way that the could have, so once again your argument amounts to nothing more than unsophisticated race baiting. Not that anyone should be surprised.

    Valerie in reply to Radegunda. | August 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    The Washington Post has its prejudices, and it will do anything to convince others that those prejudices are justified. The Ombudsman admitted after each presidential election of Barack Obama that it has not covered him at all critically. Indeed, it spiked several stories.

What their story amounts to is that Officer Wilson had a troubled family upbringing and nonetheless decided to be a decent citizen, having a solid record as a good police officer first in a troubled department and now in another, where he has served well. Young Mike Brown, as far as I can tell, grew up in a tough area and unlike Darren Wilson was headed in the wrong direction, sadly making a few really bad decisions the day he died. Wish he’d followed Darren Wilson’s path instead of the one he took.

JackRussellTerrierist | August 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

But that Michael Brown, he wud a good boy. He wud gonna go college!

I wonder how many times and for what the Brown parents have been convicted of, why they’re not married, etc..

Perhaps it’s not a pretty story. Ya’ think?

I don’t see where this is worse than the castigation ,vilification, non presumption of innocence given to Detective Joseph Walker on this site.

    Paul in reply to m1. | August 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    How about linking to some actual instances of what you allege?

      m1 in reply to Paul. | August 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      For Andrew – I’d forgotten that Walker was out of state at the time.

      But it’s hard to imagine that a trained police officer would throw away his career and family by shooting an unarmed man in an off-duty situation out of state unless he really felt threatened. It’s baffling.

      Based on the information provided thus far, it doesn’t look good for Walker

      From what?

      From a hulking, threatening 300 lb sorehead with a demonstrated malignant intent–that ‘what’?

      Walker had already extracted himself from the previous confrontation, but Harvey wont let it go and decides on a hostile approach.

      Do you suppose Harvey intended to inquire after Walker’s well-being?

      Trayvon, Davis, this guy–these are not innocent lambs for whom the community must extract righteous vengeance. They got dead because they intended to menace law abiding citizens.

      Juries refused murder convictions in the first two cases and this jury will refuse as well

      But our LEO was NOT a law-abiding citizen. He was a law-breaking fool who violated not only the law, but his training and common sense, as well as the safety of his family.

      But our LEO was NOT a law-abiding citizen. He was a law-breaking fool who violated not only the law, but his training and common sense, as well as the safety of his family.

      But our LEO was NOT a law-abiding citizen. He was a law-breaking fool who violated not only the law, but his training and common sense, as well as the safety of his family.
      But our LEO was NOT a law-abiding citizen. He was a law-breaking fool who violated not only the law, but his training and common sense, as well as the safety of his family.

      There’s so much more to show the vitriol that was displayed here towards a Black police officer.The racist drunken white criminal however got most of the sympathy. I can show you comments that prove that. Also check out the castigation, downvotes and name calling given to anyone that was supportive of Walker.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to Paul. | August 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

      So I am guessing that his response to actually linking to any of his assertions was a “no”. 🙂

        I guess pasting the comments of various posters here doesn’t count. I guess you deny these comments were ever written here. No surprise.

          Ragspierre in reply to m1. | August 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

          No, stupid. One of those comments…repeated I guess by you for emphasis…was mine.

          I hold to it, btw.

          We disagree. I don’t accept your assumptions. You don’t accept mine.

          Get the fluck over it.

          Gremlin1974 in reply to m1. | August 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          Actually, no it doesn’t mean a thing, when you post what frankly looked like delusional ramblings without links or citations of who said them. I also notice that you only post on your assertion that folks here are racist and the only thing you ever point to is the Walker case. Perhaps it is time to reevaluate your argument.

          Also like Rags I completely disagree with you which I have every right to do.

          It has been my observation that the person who brings up race the most is….well you.

The same article noted that Wilson supporters are “mostly white.” They fail to mention most the looters and rioters were mostly black.

Absolutely inexcusable, it is “yellow journalism” at its worst.

But this was a signed article and the lying scum who wrote it should be named and shamed:

Carol D. Leonnig, Kimberly Kindy and Joel Achenbach

I won’t be holding my breath waiting for such a thorough biography of Mike Brown, or his accomplice, Dorian Johnson.

The WaPo uses a pattern that is common for liars to use: Combine irrelevant facts with gratuitous assertions and pretend that they have presented an argument that settles it! They also assume that their devoted readers are as stupid as they are. I expect them to do this when they have nothing to stand on to support their narrative.

Would it be fair to use the same methods to smear every member of the Washington Post editorial staff? It certainly is a tempting idea.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

What would Mark Twain say of all this ?

Darren Wilson’s mom sounds like she has some things in common with Bill Clinton’s mom. So why doesn’t the WaPoo say so?

FBI agent Aaron McFarlane shot Ibrahim Todashev, an associate of Tamarlan Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon Bombing Brothers fame. He shot him seven times after having been struck with the unlikely weapon of a coffee table by the Chechen MMA fighter during an interrogation.

One projectile entered the top of the head, passed through the brain and the base of the skull. It was recovered. Three projectiles entered the back; one exited and two were recovered in the body. Two projectiles passed through the left upper arm and re-entered the left chest. An additional projectile also entered the left chest.

The dirt on the FBI agent was and is bad.

At the time of the fatal interview, McFarlane had only been working for the FBI for about five years and was receiving a disability pension of more than $52,000 from the Oakland, California, Police Department, according to the Globe. He retired from the Oakland Police Department in 2004, at age 31, with a life-long pension due to injuries to his leg and a broken ankle before joining the FBI.

While working for the Oakland PD, the Globe reports, McFarlane testified in defense of four Oakland Police officers charged with making false arrests, planting evidence, and falsifying police reports. The city settled the federal lawsuit for $10.9 million and all four officers were fired, while McFarlane pleaded the Fifth to avoid incriminating himself and later testified under immunity.

    The rest of the story is that the US Government and the State of Florida forgave McFarlane for his overuse of his weapon without even checking into the agent’s seamy background. There was No Grand Jury, only administrative okey-dokies.

Thanks to the industry and diligence of the Wash Po dispatching nine reporters to Ferguson, we now know more about Darren Wilson’s upbringing and work history than we know about Barack Obama’s.

That allocation of resources just reflects the curiosity of the Post’s editors and its readership.

Yellow journalism is alive and, unfortunately, well.

I bet he calls the Washington football team Redskins, too, the bastard…

Good example of “thinking” on a primitive, tribal level.

Henry Hawkins | August 25, 2014 at 11:15 am


The WaPo and other hyper-liberal MSM ‘know’ this is a case of a racist cop murdering an unarmed black child. They know this demands justice. As progressives, they believe ends justify means. Since they cannot provide direct evidence in most cases, to further justice they must provide circumstantial evidence, that is, paint the cop as a racist bad guy. Justice isn’t always pretty, they know, and since the narrative was being lost they had to deploy nine dirt-diggers to regain the narrative and get the job done.

All of it proceeds on their original errant assumption that they ‘know’ this is a case of a racist cop murdering an unarmed black child. This ‘fact’ drives their work.

In effect, the WaPo shoots arrows into the wall, then draws targets around them. In the bubble and unaware of their biases, they come to believe in the infallibility of their aim.

Char Char Binks | August 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

He lived in two former slave states, AND he played hockey? You can’t get more racist than that!

    Phillytrue in reply to Char Char Binks. | August 26, 2014 at 1:20 am

    No need to be from a “racist” state to convict one of guilt, according to the MSM’s reporting. One only needs to have the genetic composition that leads one to inherit a ‘white’complexion… this in itself is enough to qualify one as a “racist” apparently, according to the MSM.

    By extension, these same media geniuses imply that all ‘white’ police officers get their rocks off by “executing” (yes, they allowed that word into print) people that don’t have the same skin complexion as the officer. That’s the inferred argument.

    So it’s quite the coincidence that the Washington Post ran a negative piece on Officer Darren Wilson, while the NY Times ran a positive piece on Michael Brown… on the same day. Do I smell collision?

Notice NO ONE (that I have seen) has done the same smear job on Michael Brown or his family – nor would they dare to.

Rumor is that the Post is going to come out with a new story, detailing that Officer Wilson’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather’s second cousin was a notorious highwayman who preyed upon innocent coach passengers traveling around the sleepy English hamlet of Anmer, back in the late 18th century. He used a blunderbuss and a stout wooden cudgel to terrorize and rob these good folk.