A year after the Michael Brown incident, Darren Wilson agreed to an interview with The New Yorker, where he describes how the incident has changed his life.
However, Wilson didn’t use the platform to be apologetic, he used it to simply further justify his actions, which is super disrespectful to the Brown family.
The interview is quite long, but here are 5 quotes from the interview that show exactly why publishing it was the worst idea ever.
1.”Many police officers have defended Wilson, pointing out that cops patrolling violent neighborhoods risk their lives. Some right-wing publications have lionized him. In The American Thinker, David Whitley wrote that Wilson “should be thanked and treated as a hero!” Supporters raised nearly half a million dollars on behalf of the Wilsons, allowing them to move, buy the new house, and pay their legal expenses.”
2. “[h]e was struggling: he started skipping school and hanging out with troublemakers. He graduated, though, and began doing construction work in the St. Louis area. He seemed directionless and unhappy. In 2008, the real-estate market crashed, and he could no longer find jobs. He applied to the Eastern Missouri Police Academy and was accepted. Being a police officer, he reasoned, was a recession-proof career,”
3. “Barb’s younger son, who was then six, asked why there were images on television of Ferguson burning. Wilson told me, ‘I said, ‘Well, I had to shoot somebody.’ And he goes, ‘Well, why did you shoot him? Was he a bad guy?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he was a bad guy.’”
4. “I asked him if he thought Brown was truly a “bad guy,” or just a kid who had got himself into a bad situation. ‘I only knew him for those forty-five seconds in which he was trying to kill me, so I don’t know,’ Wilson said.”
5. “Barb [his wife] also said that she rarely thought about Brown. But she thought about a woman named Stephanie Edwards, whom she knew well. Edwards was the mother of Louis Head, Brown’s stepfather. Before becoming a cop, Barb had worked with Edwards at a grocery store. Barb says that they talked every day for roughly ten years, learning minute details of each other’s lives, but they didn’t keep in touch when Barb became a cop.”