On-Duty Missouri Cops Caught Wearing ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Bracelets at Ferguson Protest
Missouri Highway Patrol officials have confirmed that officers were rubber bracelets saying “I am Darren Wilson” at a protest in Ferguson on Tuesday.
Captain Ron Johnson acknowledged that an Instagram post by user MediaBlackoutUSA was legit and that some officers wore the bracelets as an “individual statement” of solidarity with the Ferguson Police Department officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in August.
“I think that was not a statement of law enforcement,” Johnson said at a press conference. “I think wearing that was an individual statement.”
Protests picked up steam on Tuesday after a fire wiped out a Michael Brown memorial that was just feet from where the teen was shot last month. Fire officials say the fire was started by candles placed at the memorial site but some residents believe someone maliciously burned it down.
Residents have also been upset that police officers who initially responded to the fire stood and watched the memorial burn until fire fighters got to the scene. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says his officers did everything they could but could not put out the flames.
Wilson has become something of a martyr among conservative circles. A fund dedicated to paying his legal defenses had reportedly raised $197,000 before fundraising was suspended over potential legal issues.