An interesting report from Examiner.com claims that former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson may have saved the life of a black baby right before his altercation with unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
In the report, journalist Timothy Whiteman points out that few news publications have reported about what Wilson was doing prior to confronting Brown and his friend in the street after the two reportedly stole from a convenience store. Citing two different news sources, Whiteman notes that Wilson was responding to a “sickly infant” call just prior to receiving the call about the convenience store incident.
“As reported by the Bloomberg Politics news portal on Nov. 25, 2014, as well as KMOV.com of Saint Louis, Mo. on Nov. 24, 2014, prior to Officer Wilson responding to the radio call regarding Brown's strong arm robbery of a local convenience store, Wilson was involved with a sickly infant residing in an overwhelmingly African-American Section 8 housing complex,” wrote Whiteman in his report.
The report goes on to describe how Wilson responded to a call at Ferguson’s Northwinds Apartment Complex for an “emergency involving a 2-year-old child who had trouble breathing.” While attending to the sick child and the mother, Wilson reportedly got a call about the convenience store incident, but instead of responding himself, he reportedly stood with the family until health care workers arrived at the scene. It was only after they arrived that he responded to the theft call and, eventually, ran into Brown in the middle of the street.
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In the report, Whiteman claims that the sick baby was “most likely” black because of a past report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that talks about the demographic of people living at the apartment complex in question.
“However, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Oct. 18, 2014 that the very same Northwinds Apartment complex as one of many federally designated Section 8 Housing projects that the Post-Dispatch described as an ‘amalgam of crime, mismanagement and African-American poverty,’” reported Whiteman. “Furthermore, the Post-Dispatch made note that of the slew of low income projects (to include Northwinds) in St. Louis County, the overwhelming number of residents are black. According to the newspaper, ‘99 percent [are] African-American.’ The remaining 1 percent is divided between whites, Latinos, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, East Asians and those of mixed race.”
While there’s no concrete evidence that the baby Darren Wilson helped was black, Whiteman’s report seems to shed new light on the situation in Ferguson following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson for Michael Brown’s death.