The officer responsible for killing Michael Brown, Darren Wilson, was reportedly given an award for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” six months ago. Yahoo News confirmed the award by referencing the February 11 Ferguson City Council meeting minutes, and photos posted by Wilson’s father to his Facebook page.
Shortly after Yahoo published its report, the website went down.
Wilson’s father wrote that he was “very proud” of his son for “receiving a Commendation from his Police Department.” John Wilson, his father, added “Congratulations Son.”
One of the images shows Wilson shaking hands with Ferguson Chief Thomas Jackson, and in a second photo, Wilson is seen wearing a smile as he walks back to his seat with his honor.
The details of what the 28-year-old did to earn the commendation are unknown, and when Yahoo News attempted to reach John Wilson by phone late Friday, Tonya Wilson, his wife and Darren’s step mother, answered instead, saying that “we’re not talking to anybody — thank you” before hanging up.