Police in Missouri Declare ‘Darren Wilson Day’ on Anniversary of Michael Brown Shooting
Protesters gathered at the Columbia, Missouri police station this week after a Facebook post by the Police Officers Association declared “Darren Wilson Day” on the anniversary of his fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.
The Facebook post called Wilson “an innocent, but persecuted, officer” who “did NOTHING wrong.”
Within an hour of the protest on Monday, the organization posted a new statement on their Facebook page, saying, “The CPOA’s post on Sunday regarding Darren Wilson was interpreted in a manner that was not the intended message. In an effort to resolve the confusion, the CPOA wants to say this plainly: CPOA supports Officer Darren Wilson and all law enforcement officers who endure similar situations.”
The police department criticized the organization’s message, saying it “served to inflame the emotions of some in our community.”
“The Columbia Police Department is a separate entity from CPOA and does not in any way condone the use of social media, or any other medium, to promote divisive messages in our community” the department said in a news release. “The Columbia Police Department will not allow a statement such as this to hinder our constant efforts to open the lines of communication with all people in our community.”