On August 9 of last year, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot dead 18 year-old Michael Brown. Despite the fact that Wilson’s actions were found to be completely justified, the killing lead to a national crisis over police-black relations.
Since he was found innocent of any wrongdoing, Wilson has been living in fear for his life as he bounces from one dead-end job to another. The former cop has stayed almost totally silent as he hides from the media – until now.
According to Daily Mail, Wilson is now writing a memoir and studying criminal justice as he tries to rebuild a life for himself as well as his wife and baby.
Sources close to Wilson, however, say life has been incredibly hard for him over the last 12 months. Though he received over $400,000 in donations from well-wishers, he has not been able to access the funds because of a technical issue. Though he was declared innocent of any crime, he now lives the life of a prisoner.
“Darren’s life is over. Every day he is scared for his life and is looking over his shoulder,” a close friend of Wilson’s said. “Knowing that somebody could be coming after you, eventually that’s going to get to you and you’re going to need some help.”
“He can’t be left on his own, he has to have people around him. He used to play hockey with his friends but that doesn’t happen any more,” the friend continued. “He’s struggling with money too. He can’t get a job, nothing is working out. He’s got a lot of support from his friends and people who know him, but it’s hard.”
On Monday, The New Yorker published an extensive interview with Wilson in which he opened up about his life today.
“We try to go somewhere — how do I say this correctly? — with like-minded individuals,” Wilson said. “You know. Where it’s not a mixing pot.”
Despite everything that has happened, Wilson says he has not thought very much about who Mike Brown was as a person.
“Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point. Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all,” Wilson commented. “I only knew him for those forty-five seconds in which he was trying to kill me. So I don’t know.”
We look forward to reading Wilson’s memoirs, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family!