FERGUSON, Mo. — The Ferguson, Mo., police department on Friday identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot Michael Brown, whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.
Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson has been on the force for six years and has no disciplinary action against him.
Jackson announced the name Friday morning in a very short news conference, three days after saying he would name the officer, then reneging citing a fear for the officers safety. He would not provide further information about Wilson.
Jackson also gave bare
bones details about a strong-arm robbery at a local convenience store that took place moments before Wilson shot Brown, but he did not say if Brown was the suspect in the robbery. He released dispatch records and video surveillance of the robbery as well.
Brown was unarmed when the officer killed him. Witnesses in the area say Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. Police have not confirmed that information.
The announcement comes after Twitter suspended an account Thursday linked to a loose-knit "hacktivist" group that released the name of a police officer it said shot and killed Brown on Saturday night. However, police, Ferguson's mayor and the stepmother of the man named all said the group was incorrect and that the person named is not a police officer.