The policeman who shot dead a teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has revealed via text message to a close friend that he is under 24-hour guard and “can’t go out.”
Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, leading to nine nights of riots and protests in the St. Louis suburb.
In the text, Wilson said that he can’t go outside for fear of being immediately recognized and potentially endangering not only himself but his young child, too.
The 28-year-old man sent the texts to close friend Jake Shepard, who showed the texts to MailOnline because he wanted to give the public a more accurate picture of his friend. Shepard described Wilson as always having “pure intentions.”
Shepard noted that the outcome of the situation could have been very different, saying “It’s sad for Mike Brown and his family. Darren could have Tasered him and Mike would have spent six months in jail or something and maybe got his act together after that.”
“Darren could have gone on with his life too but now both of their lives are over. It sucks,” Shepard added. “I’m sure Mike’s family is having a hard time but at least they have the support of the whole nation behind them, openly. Darren doesn’t get that.”
In text messages over the weekend, Wilson explained that anyone wanting to reach him should leave their messages with the Ferguson police department.
On Monday, Wilson texted, “The support is really keeping me going during this stressful time. Just stay safe. I appreciate all you have done.”
Of the bad reputation now following his friend’s name, Shepard said, “He’s going to have to resign but there’s always going to be a negative connotation to his name, and it sucks. He doesn’t deserve that.”
As MailOnline reports, recent support has begun to emerge for Wilson: on Sunday, a downtown St. Louis rally brought out around 100 people, many of them cops, who held up posters and cheered as drivers honked their horns. Two Facebook pages with 35,000 “likes” in total have also been set up in his support.
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