Supporters for Darren Wilson, the man accused of murdering Michael Brown two weeks ago, held another rally today. It drew about a hundred people, to voice their “unwavering support” for the officer.
The rally, which was a cookout-style event complete with a classic rock soundtrack, parked itself in Barney’s Sports Pub, about 30 minutes away from Ferguson. There, they not only voiced their support for Wilson, but also their anger at the media for its coverage of the shooting and the aftermath.
Many of the rally attendees wore blue T-shirts with a white police shield reading “Officer Darren Wilson — I Stand By You — 8-9-14,” the day Brown was killed.
Several said that they were relatives of people in law enforcement, and there were some uniformed police officers there as well, but they stayed in the bar. As cars passed, they honked horns, while participants held up signs reading, “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” and “I Don’t Support a Race/I Support the TRUTH.”
The organizer of the rally, who would only let herself be known publicly as “Darren Wilson,” told ABC that:
Our mission is to formally declare that we share the united belief that Officer Wilson’s actions on Aug. 9 were warranted and justified. And he has our unwavering support.
“Darren Wilson” then accused the press of making things worse, and of “putting people’s lives at risk.”
Stop drawing maps to houses, broadcasting in front of parties’ homes, knocking on their families’ doors, putting people’s lives at risk. This is unethical, poor journalism and a travesty to its case.
I’m sorry, but I thought information was relevant to journalism. I figured interviews were important. Did the media slip up? Of course, it’s not perfect. And then there’s Fox, but I’m not entirely convinced Fox isn’t a sad parody of Oceania’s Ministry of Truth.
Prior to the beginning of the rally, a lone African American woman, identified as Sandra Fifer, showed up and grabbed the press’s attention. She asked loudly why the police weren’t being called to break up the assembly, nailing a double standard at play in Ferguson:
“Why ain’t they shooting on y’all?” Sandra Fifer of St. Louis asked. “Where are the police?
“The police should be out here, because when we congregate, they’re all out here with their guns. And we’re unarmed. [These people] are unarmed. Why aren’t the police out here?” she said.
A handful of Wilson’s supporters attempted to shut her down, but eventually, they gave her room to air her grievances:
“We’re always looked at as criminals because of the color of our skin, and I’m sick of it. It’s not right,” Fifer said. “We’re not allowed to stand peacefully on the corner, even at 3 [p.m.], we’re called ‘gangsters and thugs.'”
Fifer left peacefully, and, apparently proud that the moment hadn’t escalated into a large spectacle or into violence, the crowd cheered, with one saying to the applause “That’s how it’s supposed to be done.”
Yes, but did they hear what Fifer had to say? Don’t think for a second the police would allow a group of black men to gather a corner in Ferguson with weapons on full display, even with tensions easing in the city.
You can watch the ABC report below: