Darren Wilson’s lawyer spoke out this week, revealing the police officer’s difficult struggle to remain hidden from August until now.
Wilson was outside mowing his lawn on August 19, ten days after he shot Michael Brown, when he received a phone call that said his address had leaked online. Within minutes, he had packed up his things and fled the property to move in with a relative who has a different last name.
By nightfall, the media had swarmed his property.
Wilson then spent the next week living with his lawyer, before his legal team moved him to what they describe as a “quote-unquote semi-permanent: which is also top secret.
Wilson hasn’t returned to his home since he stopped halfway through mowing his lawn.
In the initial weeks after the shooting, his lawyers say Wilson remained hopeful that he would return to his dream-job of being a police officer.
“At first [his thinking] was, ‘I want to go back, I’m a cop, I want to still be a cop,’ ” attorney Danielle Thompson said. “It took some time for him to realize that wasn’t exactly going to be what happened.”
“I think I expressed to him, ‘Do you realize your first call [back on the job] will be to a blind alley where you’re executed?’” added lawyer James Towey. “He took a pause for a minute, thought about it and said, ‘Oh.’ That is the reality.”
His lawyers now say there is no way Wilson will return to being a cop.
In the last few months, Wilson has become a master of disguise. His lawyers say he used “certain disguise tricks” he picked up as a cop to venture out into the world unnoticed. He also attended lots of movies, feeling safer in the darkness of theaters.
Of course, in the last few weeks, Darren Wilson also married wife Barbara Spradling, who is now pregnant with their first child.
His lawyers say that while Wilson feels bad about what happened, he also knows he was just doing his job.
“Even if he gave the most heartfelt apology, they’d still not like it,” Towey said.
“Taking a life is a horrible thing to have to do,” added lawyer Neil Bruntrager. “And yet, the key phrase is, ‘to have to do.’ Because that is what he thinks. Is that going to make the Browns feel any less grief?”
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H/T: Washington Post