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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department with so much tension between white officers and black residents that the city council disbanded it three years ago. Everyone in the police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch. One of the officers who worked in that department and lost his job was Darren Wilson.

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After going through the police academy, Wilson landed a job in 2009 as a rookie officer in Jennings, a small, struggling city of 14,000 where 89 percent of the residents were African American and poverty rates were high. At the time, the 45-employee police unit had one or two black members on the force, said Allan Stichnote, a white Jennings City Council member.

"You're dealing with white cops, and they don't know how to address black people," said Rodney Epps, an African American city council member. "The straw that broke the camel's back, an officer shot at a female. She was stopped for a traffic violation. She had a child in the back [of the] car and was probably worried about getting locked up. And this officer chased her down Highway 70, past city limits, and took a shot at her. Just ridiculous."

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First mass media reports classified Wilson as a 6 year veteran of the force with an impeccable record .

#1 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-24 04:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

BWHAHAHAHAHA NOT surprised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-24 04:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

Another crack in the Cosmic Egg. Oh, what a tangled Web we weave.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-24 04:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

First mass media reports classified
Wilson as a 6 year veteran of the force
with an impeccable record .
#1 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

Have you seen anything to refute those reports?

Another crack in the Cosmic Egg. Oh,
what a tangled Web we weave.
#3 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

How's that now?

#4 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2014-08-24 05:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Have you seen anything to refute those reports?

#4 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN

Have you read this article?

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-24 05:30 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

They don't read. Their function here is to repeat the talking points that they receive every day regardless of what is going on.

#6 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-08-24 06:29 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

I read this in the article:

Officials say Wilson kept a clean record without any disciplinary action.

#7 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-24 06:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

They don't read. Their function here is to repeat the talking points that they receive every day regardless of what is going on.

#6 | POSTED BY SHAWN

LOL

Guess you didn't actually read the article, but that didn't stop you from obfuscating.

Great stuff.

#8 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-24 06:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

*Sh*tY*wn*

*R*TFLM***

#9 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-24 06:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Have you seen anything to refute those
reports?

#4 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN

Have you read this article?
#5 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

I did...especially this part.

"Officials say Wilson kept a clean
record without any disciplinary
action."

I guess you didnt bother to read the article. There is actually nothing about Officer Wilson in this story other than he worked for this disbanded police department.

#10 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2014-08-24 07:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

If Darren Wilson is fired .... AGAIN
"America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio will gladly welcome him with open arms. Rejected wannabe cops from around the country, have found their way to Maricopa County (and Pinal County) Both counties have paid the price, with over $100 million dollars paid out in law suits (not counting lawyer fees) in just a few years. The fact
that Mr Wilson is white, and has one "kill" on his belt, will move him to the front of Arpaio's hiring line.
Sammy in Arizona

#11 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-24 09:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

I didn't see Wilson on Video manhandling a convenience store clerk after stealing cigars.

#12 | Posted by mcmlcxx at 2014-08-24 11:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

#12 | POSTED BY MCMLCXX

Swisher Sweet Cigarillos, $0.59 each. Just saying.

Where is the cigar box Office Wilson "noticed" on Michael Brown that caused him to back up? All I saw was a fist full, at most (5 or 6) that he picked up from the store floor.

Almost sounds as though that "account" was given directly after only having had viewed the surveillance video briefly.

Will the account change to a handful of Cigarillos?

#13 | Posted by memyselfini at 2014-08-25 01:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

#13 | POSTED BY MEMYSELFINI

Of course will never know if there are changes, considering we haven't gotten any official account yet.

#14 | Posted by memyselfini at 2014-08-25 01:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

Why do we even need a grand jury hearing or trial? This man is obviously guilty

#15 | Posted by CaseyJones at 2014-08-25 08:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Darren Wilson Worked for Disbanded Police Force

is more or less significant than:

Michael Brown Received Alternative Degree in School District That Lost State Acredidation

www.stltoday.com

#16 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-25 10:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

There is actually nothing about Officer Wilson in this story other than he worked for this disbanded police department.

#10 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN

He certainly did not work in Ferguson for six years, as had been previously claimed.

#17 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-25 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

He certainly did not work in Ferguson for six years, as had been previously claimed.

#17 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

claimed by who?

link or stink

#18 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-25 04:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

claimed by who?

link or stink

#18 | Posted by DixvilleNotch

Several sources initially reported that "Wilson has been a Ferguson police officer for six years, with a spotless record, and at least one award"

Google the above phrase and you will get various versions of this theme.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-25 04:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Well, then, Donnerboy, several sources were sloppy in attributing all 6 years to the Ferguson force.

I googled your phrase above, by the way and didn't find it.

Seems like you got snookered, or are just trying to snooker others.

"Several sources" LOL

#20 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-25 05:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Easy.

www.google.com

www.google.com

Wow was that tough.

#21 | Posted by YAV at 2014-08-25 11:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not reading so well, are you? There's a difference between being a "6 year police veteran" and the phrase Donnerboy threw out:

"Wilson has been a Ferguson police officer for six years, with a spotless record, and at least one award"

Do be more careful with your words. You're all willy nilly.

#22 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-08-26 02:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

As the New York Times reported, 12 of the 40 officers in the Jennings force found jobs with the county police, but not Wilson. He ended up taking a job in Ferguson, where he made $45,302 a year.

By the available accounts, Wilson's time in Jennings was unremarkable. Former Jennings police chief Robert Orr told the Times that he barely remembered Wilson, noting " that must mean he never got in any trouble, because that's when they usually came to me." The man who oversaw the Jennings force transition to county control, Lt. Jeff Fuesting, gave a similar account to The Post: "My impression is he didn't go above and beyond, and he didn't get in any trouble." Fuesting went on to describe the department in which Wilson was supposed to learn how to be an officer:
"There was a disconnect between the community and the police department. There were just too many instances of police tactics which put the credibility of the police department in jeopardy. Complaints against officers. There was a communication breakdown between the police and the community. There were allegations involving use of force that raised questions."


www.washingtonpost.com

Wow, by reading this nothing seems negative at all but in fact give a positive light to Wilson. 12 of 40 found jobs with county and Wilson found one at Ferguson. Sounds like Wilson wasn't a problem but in fact a new up coming asset for any police department that as a rookie knew enough at that early time not to get into the wrongful workings of a corrupt department.

It is surprising how the facts are askewed to appear like this police officer was intricately involved with the corrupt police force when nothing could be could be further from the truth. This thread is nothing but rhetorical lying to fit a political agenda.

#23 | Posted by moneywar at 2014-08-26 02:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

"If the narrative fits, you must not acquit"

- Johnny Cochran's ghost

#24 | Posted by CaseyJones at 2014-08-26 07:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

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