Isn’t it ironic? Just six months ago the officer who killed Mike Brown was honored for his police work.
According to Yahoo! reports:
Six months before he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, police Officer Darren Wilson earned a commendation for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.”
Yahoo News confirmed the award through the February 11 Ferguson City Council meeting minutes and photos Wilson’s father posted to his Facebook page.
“Very proud of my son, Darren Wilson on his receiving a Commendation from his Police Department,” John Wilson wrote on February 11. “Congratulations Son.”
One image shows Wilson shaking hands and receiving the commendation from Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. In a second photo, the tall and slender Wilson brandishes smile as he returns to his seat with his honor.
Details of what the 28-year-old officer did to earn the commendation weren’t immediately available. (The Facebook page for the officer’s father appears to have been deactivated shortly after Yahoo News first published this story on Saturday morning.)
Yahoo News tried to reach John Wilson by phone late Friday. Tonya Wilson, his wife and the officer’s stepmother, answered and said “we’re not talking to anybody — thank you” before hanging up. A text message seeking the name of Wilson’s attorney wasn’t returned.
Four days ago John Wilson turned to Facebook for support without mentioning his son by name.
“Dear FB friends, Our family is in need for prayers to be sent up for a family member,” John Wilson wrote. “Circumstances do not allow for us to say anything further. Please pray with our family in mind. Put a covering of protection over our family member please.”
John Wilson thanked his many friends who were quick to offer encouragement.
“Please continue to do so as we deal with a family situation that is very challenging,” he wrote.
In his last post this week, John Wilson shared a saying from a Texas evangelical pastor: “When something is ‘out of control’ it is merely out of your control — not God’s!”
On Friday, Chief Jackson told reporters that the young officer was taking the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown very hard.
“He never intended for any of this to happen,” Jackson said. “It’s devastating, absolutely devastating.”
SMH @ the father not thinking to deactivate his Facebook page sooner. Do you think Wilson should face murder charges?