ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Friday morning, Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson released the name of the Ferguson officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. His name is Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force.
But a St. Louis City sergeant named Darren Wilson was quickly mistaken on social media to be the officer who shot Brown.
St. Louis City Sgt. Darren Wilson is the president of the Ethical Society of Police and has been with the St. Louis Police Department since 1996.
St. Louis City Police say public outcry over Brown’s death and the assumption that the city’s Darren Wilson was involved has promoted concern for their officer’s safety.
St. Louis City’s Sgt. Wilson did respond to rumors that he was the officer involved.
He posted it to his Facbeook Page Friday morning.
“Greetings community members of St. Louis, MO and all those across the nation. The Ethical Society of Police has been closely following the events surrounding the unfortunate police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
As a result of public outcry and a demand for justice, the Ferguson police officer’s name was released and happens to be, Darren Wilson.
The first thing we would like to assure the world is that this is a horrific coincidence.
May I assure the world that this is not the President of the Ethical Society of Police’s Sergeant Darren R. Wilson who is African-American, and happens to be an 18 year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department.
I’m sure additional clarification statements will be released immediately.
Thank you for your continued support.”