If you’ve been holding your breath while waiting for Officer Darren Wilson to issue an apology to the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager he gunned down in the street, stop it. You’re turning blue, and you’ll be long dead before the officer even considers it.
“Even if he gave the most heartfelt apology, they’d still not like it,” Wilson lawyer James Towney told the Washington Post.
Wilson’s legal team says that since abandoning his home in the middle of mowing his lawn, Wilson had been in hiding following the shooting. He stayed with numerous relatives, jumping from house to house. During his hiatus from the public eye, Wilson cheerfully married fellow Ferguson officer Barbara Spradling but otherwise stayed out of the public eye.
When he chose to go out, he preferred areas in which he could stay hidden like the movies. Wilson attorney Neil Bruntrager says that his client used ““certain [disguise] tricks” he learned in order to go out without being identified. “He cross-dressed a lot.”
Wilson’s attorneys dispute the consensus of many experts that the officer’s testimony was rehearsed. “Everybody says that [his story] was so rehearsed and he was so prepped,” attorney Danielle Thompson said. “But the way Darren tells the story has not changed from the minute the shooting occurred. He could probably tell it in his sleep if he had to.”
No, an apology simply will not happen. “Taking a life is a horrible thing to have to do,” Bruntrager said of the prospect. “And yet, the key phrase is, ‘to have to do.’ Because that is what he thinks. Is that going to make the Browns feel any less grief?”
The closest we will likely see is that Wilson is “sorry for the loss of life,” as he said in an ABC interview. However, as he views shooting an unarmed teen at a distance as doing his “job properly,” he says his conscience is clear.
Just another dead kid, just another statistic, right Darren?