#Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Preparing to Resign
Grand Jury likely to release “no indictment” decision today
CNN’s Anderson Cooper is reporting that police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson MO on August 9, is purportedly in the final stages of preparing his resignation from the Ferguson police department.
Wilson, who has been in hiding for months following threats of violence against himself and his immediate family, has apparently been negotiating terms of resignation with the police department.
One key factor reportedly delaying his resignation prior to this point is that he preferred to wait to resign until after the Grand Jury had completed its deliberations, fearing that his resignation would make him appear guilty in their eyes.
Wilson had six years of unblemished service on the Ferguson Police Department before, the evidence overwhelmingly suggests, being viciously attacked by Michael Brown and Brown’s accomplice Dorian Johnson.
After Brown received a contact gun shot wound to the hand while trying to take Wilson’s service pistol, Brown fled a short distance before turning to attack the officer again. It was during this renewed attack that Wilson was compelled to re-engage Brown with gun fire, ending the attack with a fatal gun shot wound to the head.
Officer Wilson has maintained throughout the investigation and Grand Jury proceedings that he has done nothing wrong. Notably, Wilson voluntarily appeared before the Grand Jury and provided over four hours of personal testimony of the events of his fatal encounter with Brown, without legal counsel present.
Since the shooting, protestors have massed in #Ferguson, with early days of rioting, looting, and arson eventually giving way to lesser degrees of violence and ongoing community disruption.
The Grand Jury is widely anticipated to return a “no true bill” (no indictment) of Wilson, based on the evidence. It is equally widely anticipated that protestors in Ferguson will use the lack of an indictment as an excuse for further acts of violence. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has already declared a state of emergency and activated National Guard personnel in an effort to minimize the harm expected to be caused by protestor violence.
My own prediction that the Grand Jury would release its decision this past Monday, when exceptionally cold weather gripped Ferguson, was in error. The most current speculation currently in the news is that the Grand Jury is likely to release a result today. I see no concrete evidence to support why this current speculation might be any better informed than my own erroneous guess.
CLARIFICATION: CNN separately reports that there is to be a 48-hour delay between the Grand Jury’s final decision on indictment and the public announcement of that decision, in order to give law enforcement time to prepare for the promised violence. Thus, even if the Grand Jury makes it’s decision today, that decision should not be expected to be publicly released until before Sunday.
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If you continue to guess wrong Andrew, we’ll have to find someone else to give us our daily good-shoot/bad-shoot fix. There are so many others offering this service, after all.
sadly, no matter the truth, if he were to remain on the force all officers (and as an extension all citizens there) there would be at higher risk.
Once the riots are over, the rioters will go home. The weather is cold. The backlash will run out of steam quickly, especially with the holidays coming.
Office Wilson and his brethren should hang tight. These scumbags don’t deserve the “win” of Wilson resigning.
If Wilson resigns, the race industry’s new meme will be that he resigned because his department knew he was guilty, he knew he was guilty, etc., etc.. Resigning won’t end the narrative and might even leave his department looking cowardly and weak for not backing him, which does NOT help their safety at all.
If Wilson remains, he’ll never advance within the department and he’d be constantly attacked by the grievance mongers and thugs.
If I were him, I’d give exactly one interview and they lay low. In that interview, I’d demand an apology from Eric Holder and the Obama administration for pouring gasoline on a volatile situation and putting his life in danger.
It is certain that there is no way for this officer to return to his profession. No matter if he staid or becomes an officer in a different department, this incident would hound him to his dying day.
So, in a manner of speaking, there is an evil and unjust liberal Fatwa that supersedes reason, deep thought, and compassion..
It is certain that there is no way for this officer to return to his profession.
He could still work someplace where “the community” has a negligible presence, or isn’t particularly inclined to loot and riot.
You’re wrong about him finding work elsewhere. Every conviction he was involved in henceforth, regardless of race, would be open season for defense attorneys.
Just like George Zimmerman, who still has not been able to return to his normal life and never will. Everything he does, however trivial, is thrown up for detailed public inspection by his detractors and supporters alike. I bet death threats are still in effect.
Poor Officer Wilson. What a terrible future is in store for an innocent man.
Apples and oranges. GZ doesn’t have an army of police officers and their unions to fall back on.
The race industry needs to be shown that they can’t riot a decorated peace officer out of his job just because the “black community” wants it to be so.
I think what we are witnessing, sad to say, is in the words of Justice Thomas a “high tech lynching.”
Both Zimmerman, who is multi-racial, and Officer Wilson are in the eyes of the radical racially charged leftists dead men. And should either man seek to come back to life, they will be put back in their “grave” with extreme prejudice.
Wilson will get job offers from all over the country. If he wants to continue, he can. Activists will chase him around, but not for long. Plus, he’s demonstrated an ability and willingness to defend himself, eh?
I hope he moves out of Ferguson.
He moved to ‘an undisclosed location’ weeks ago…
Hopefully DW gets one hell of a severance check in exchange for his resignation. Doubtful given the scale , but if St. Louis is anything like Cook County in Illinois, DW might be quietly rehired in a year or two when this all dies down.
Maybe he’ll just move over to a larger department, say St. Louis PD, where it’s easier to blend in. They could assign him a beat in a less “diverse” neighborhood, at least for a year or two.
What kind of country have we become when you are not indicted by a grand jury, yet a violent racist mob can ruin your life anyway and possibly even try to kill you? The modern “civil rights” movement is on the same moral and intellectual level as the Ku Klux Klan.
One where Brandon Eich is fired for a political donation?
What kind of country?
Look at every banana republic and how it evolved. There’s your answer. But we seem to be going the way of South Africa, at least at the moment.
Beg to differ. The Klan had a very moral basis from their point of view. And a lot of them were intellectually competent. I don’t agree with them but to imply that they were no better than these commies threatening the social order is not accurate.
“The Klan had a very moral basis from their point of view.”
What was their moral basis for antisemitism?
I think you need to reassess that view.
It is the “Ferguson rioters” who should resign, along with Obama!
Would that the entire Ferguson police force resign simultaneous with Wilson and send a concise message: OK, police yourselves and see how that works out.
That’s a grand gesture I’d love to see – the PD giving the entire craphole little town of Ferguson their collective middle finger. Let Nixon and Holder-Lynch install DHS “agents” as “law enforcement” and see how that works out for everybody.
Can’t he be promoted instead? That could take him off the street and into a cushy bureaucratic job where he would be safe and be rewarded for his good police work under such tough circumstances.
The permanently aggrieved in society will never face the truth in this case. The Dems have positioned minorities into this as well as the Arabs have the Palestinians. Ironically, segregation was “separate but (un)equal with today’s desire by the minorities to be “separate and (more than) equal”. They need someone to hate and vent their self-created anger at. For many, the cloak of victimhood has become too comfortable.
The black groups just need to change their signs, and protest Obama’s open border policy.
Obama has chosen illegal alien Hispanics as his minority demographic of choice. Need a bunch of printed signs … and some chants. Obama/Holder open the borders, but have no time for their own people. Illegals will take jobs from the black community.
“Open borders, no peace
Open borders, no peace
Open borders, no peace
Open borders, no peace”
Maybe he’s just giving everybody what they want: the Hispanics are rewarded for coming here illegally, and he sent Holder and encouraged Sharpton to encourage the blacks cement their disenfranchised self image, which is what they seem to want most. See? Everyone wins!
sure Obama is trying to play both sides. But I’m looking out for “the people” … the black people. Obama/Holder have been cheating on you … they swear they love you, but they reward the illegal Hispanics (that take your jobs), because they’ve been getting brown Monica (under the desk).
Don’t take that the wrong way, as if Democrats getting the illegal alien vote from a child just escaping the violence of Honduras (coincidentally named Monica) is anything like Bill cheating on Hillary, or in any way compares to Democrats whoring for votes by selling out lady liberty … if you think that you are obviously a racist .. and we have IRS means of dealing with people like you.
Schools in Ferguson reporting that they will be closed Mon and Tues. Unconfirmed reports via Twitter of LEO mandatory briefing on Sunday ahead of official release from GJ result.
As long as the grand jury declines to issue a true bill, once the issue of a federal civil rights violation is put to bed, and once the civil suit that will undoubtedly be filed by the family is tossed or settled, Officer Wilson will be welcome at many departments, large and small, across the country. Until then he and his present department are going to have to spend a lot of money defending what is more and more looking like a good shoot.
When will we be able to buy tickets to “Officer Wilson: The Ferguson Enforcer” movie?
“Officer Wilson was sentenced by mob justice for a crime he didn’t commit. This man promptly escaped …
I just don’t get it.
A violent felon was taken down in the commission of a violent crime by a policeman doing his duty and protecting the safety of society. He should be celebrated as a hero.
Sure, we had the race pimps like Crump and Sharpton stirring the pot, but people don’t have to listen to those lowlife jerks. They don’t have to riot or steal.
Because people who have a certain color skin should be able to do whatever they want and not be punished for any of it.
Sadly, to “get it” you have to take the red pill, and become aware of how far down the rabbit/rat hole the racist “leaders” of our society have gone.
Rather than compete on a level playing field (e.g. where whites have little chance of competing in the NBA), some elements have fought to achieve by condemning (NBA) achievement as based on racial hate, and they demand equality, not by accomplishment, but by racist violence.
“If you block my shot, my brothers will burn your family’s house.” And as Geraldo would have it, we finally got “a leveling of the field” based on race. So now Hispanics, Asians, etc. are equally represented in every sport, proportional to a global UN census. (/sarc)
It is not about fairness, it is about warfare and using white guilt as long as it works. Are the achievements of the western world, or the USA more specifically, to blame for the poverty stricken of South/Central America, Africa, China, India, etc.? Or even for the lack of development of the vaunted early American Indian?
When one “tribe” “wins”, it’s all fair in love and war, until mostly white America (mostly hetero Christian America) becomes a superpower. Then the Pied Piper leads the children into the national PC Diversity religion. Forty years later those high priests demand all bow (to certain “minorities”, based on preferred attributes) or be exiled. Some hold up an old constitution from a previous belief, which the new king strikes down.
This grand jury has to have black members. The decision will not be made by an all white jury. If they vote not to indict, they are showing true courage and should be lauded. We will find out soon enough. Outside of Obama, not much else can be kept secret.
Why do I think Holder and his psycho minions have all the names of the grand jurors and will release them? He is, after all, a lame duck. Why not give the jurors, the PD, Wilson, McCulloch and the good people left in Ferguson the middle finger just like his boss just did to all of the country?
Don’t forget Chief Jackson. He got a finger but it wasn’t in his face.
FYI peaceful protestors caused an accident last night. They were on the way to block a busy street and as a result one car drove into a light post. You wouldn’t believe the stories that are circulating now, but this was caught on video from by more than one person.
What I don’t understand is why this is acceptable to the Mayor and the DOJ? Where did sanity go??
FYI, the grand jury has 9 white members, 3 black. If all three black members vote to indict, and the 9 white members vote against indictment, this will be widely promulgated as Wilson being “non-indicted by an all-white jury.”
I’m not saying it makes sense.
I’m just saying. 🙂
thank you Andrew. That is so true and something I was wondering about.
Sad but true.
There is supposed to be a decision today. I am hoping to hear your opinion either way.
Seems like Wilson could simply change his last name and happily disappear into oblivion.