Missouri Highway Patrol personnel admitted on Wednesday that some officers wore rubber “I AM DARREN WILSON” bracelets to a Tuesday night protest related to Officer Wilson’s murder of an unarmed African-American teenager.
The Ku Klux Klan and other groups of white people have been fervently raising blood money in support of the embattled officer, and rallying to proudly declare that they are behind him 100 percent. The bracelets appear to be associated with one group, “Support Darren Wilson,” which raised nearly $500,000 in what other fundraisers have called “reward money” for Officer Wilson.
The “Support Darren Wilson” fundraiser has gained support from “Shield of Hope,” an organization whose officers include local politicians and Ferguson police, as well as so many overt racists that GoFundMe was forced to remove numerous horrible remarks from donors, as well as the Fraternal Order of Police.
Another effort on behalf of the officer promised to split the money between Officer Wilson’s reward fund and an organization called The Backstoppers, whose President is the prosecutor who would be handling the Wilson case. After this information became public, the organization backed off of any fundraising efforts, saying that it would reject any money raised by these groups.
Buzzfeed reported that Captain Ron Johnson confirmed at a press conference that the Instagram photo posted by MediaBlackoutUSA is real, and that the officers wore the Darren Wilson wristbands as an “individual statement” of support.
“I think that was not a statement of law enforcement,” Johnson said. “I think wearing that was an individual statement” by officers. Johnson said he would speak to the departments whose officers wore the disgusting bracelets.
The Tuesday protest, which included some violence, erupted after a memorial to Michael Brown at the site of his murder was burned — though it is unclear if the fire was intentional.
Officer Darren Wilson was terminated from his prior position at Jennings Police Department after it was disbanded due to rampant racism, abuse, and corruption.
There is still no word if Officer Wilson will be prosecuted for the murder — but if the case of John Crawford III, who was gunned down “on sight” by officers in an Ohio Walmart for carrying a toy gun he planned to purchase, is any indicator…nothing will be done.