A 2013 drug case involving Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, will be reviewed by a grand jury after Wilson failed to show up at a preliminary hearing.
Christopher Brooks was arrested last year after Wilson said he found several ounces of marijuana in a car parked in Brooks’ grandmother’s driveway. Brooks’ attorney claims that Wilson “roughed up” and “manhandled” his client after he refused to hand over the keys to his PT Cruiser, where the drugs were discovered.
Brooks posted in a now-deleted Facebook post, “(Wilson) beat my ass in my front yard while I was handcuffed then gave me 6 felonies.”
Wilson’s failure to show up places the case at risk, so prosecutors asked that a grand jury review it — hopefully resulting in Wilson being compelled to testify.
Defense attorney Nick Zotos wants the marijuana distribution charge dismissed because it is unlikely that Wilson will show up in court. He says that “he had been “assured” by Wilson’s lawyers that the officer has no intention to appear for this case or any other case this year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that,
In the report of the Feb. 2, 2013, arrest, Wilson wrote he had received a call about a suspicious vehicle that may have been involved in a drug transaction. When he arrived, the two men in the PT Cruiser got out. Wilson claimed he smelled marijuana. He talked to both Brooks and Erik C. Johnson, 28, of unincorporated west St. Louis County, and handcuffed the two men together. But when he asked for Brooks’ keys so he could search the car, Brooks refused, saying he didn’t “want to get into trouble,” the report says.
Wilson tried to grab the keys, which were in the front pocket of Brooks’ hooded sweatshirt, and Brooks slapped his hand away, the report says. The men struggled for the keys until Wilson got them.
Wilson then ordered Brooks to get on the ground. Brooks refused and was pulling away, Wilson claimed, until Wilson pushed or pulled him down and radioed for help from other officers. Wilson reported that Brooks was yelling for his cousin nearby to “get” Wilson. The cousin was neither identified nor arrested.
The officer secured Brooks with a second set of handcuffs, then cuffed Johnson. Wilson’s report says Johnson never resisted. It also says Wilson never struck or used a weapon against Brooks, only “hand control and the positioning of my body weight.”
After Brooks and Johnson were placed in police cars, Wilson unlocked the PT Cruiser’s door, he wrote, and found bags of marijuana and a bag containing 10 pills. His report suggests that the two men were repacking the pot into smaller bags for resale.
A detective filed an addendum to the report saying that Brooks admitted that he had six or seven ounces of marijuana in the PT Cruiser, and that he sells it at $5 to $10 a bag to support his family. He also admitted that he thought the pills were Xanax, and he was also planning to sell them, the report says.
Interestingly, this is the case that won Officer Wilson an award. If anything, Wilson should be willing to defend an arrest that earned him a commendation from Ferguson City Council — if, in fact, he was honest in his report.
Darren Wilson has captured the hearts and minds of “not-racist” white people all across the country, with around a half-million dollars in blood money raised for him. He has been working with the Ferguson police department after Jennings PD, his prior employer, was disbanded because of wanton corruption and racism.
The fundraising efforts are supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, some Ferguson officers and officials, and — perhaps — even the prosecutor in charge of bringing him to justice. At least one councilwoman who provided Wilson with the commendation related to the Brooks arrest is currently being sued for civil rights violations. Recently, his fellow officers were ordered not to wear “I am Darren Wilson” wristbands at protests — bands distributed by the same group that has raised the majority of Wilson’s “reward” money.