Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown six times, began his career at the racist Jennings Police Department. I guess this should make for good fundraising for his supporters, since he managed to keep his record clean. But that doesn’t mean that he had no issues.
The Jennings Police Department was disbanded over racial tensions between law enforcement and the mostly black community. Kinda like Ferguson PD and the black community.
Racial tension was endemic in Jennings, said Rodney Epps, an African American city council member.
“You’re dealing with white cops, and they don’t know how to address black people,” Epps said. “The straw that broke the camel’s back, an officer shot at a female. She was stopped for a traffic violation. She had a child in the back [of the] car and was probably worried about getting locked up. And this officer chased her down Highway 70, past city limits, and took a shot at her. Just ridiculous.”
Police faced a series of lawsuits for using unnecessary force, Stichnote said. One black resident, Cassandra Fuller, sued the department claiming a white Jennings police officer beat her in June 2009 on her own porch after she made a joke. A car had smashed into her van, which was parked in front of her home, and she called police. The responding officer asked her to move the van. “It don’t run. You can take it home with you if you want,” she answered. She said the officer became enraged, threw her off the porch, knocked her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach.
The department paid Fuller a confidential sum to settle the case, she said.
“It’s like a horror story in my mind. I never thought a police officer would pull me off my porch and beat me to the ground, for just laughing,” Fuller said in an interview.
The Jennings department also had a corruption problem. A joint federal and local investigation discovered that a lieutenant had been accepting federal funds for drunken-driving checks that never happened. Source: Washington Post
This comes as President Obama will send three White House staffers to Michael Brown’s funeral on Monday — Broderick Johnson, assistant to the president and chairman of My Brother’s Keeper task force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the White House Office of Public Engagement.
A group of pro-Darren Wilson supporters protested on his behalf yesterday, with one of the organizers, who refused to dislcose her name, saying “we are Darren Wilson.” So, I am guessing they collectively shot an unarmed teen six times. Let me me clear, we need to get to the bottom of what happened but Officer Wilson isn’t speaking publicly or through an attorney, for whatever reason. Read more about the Darren Wilson GoFundMe page.