We finally have the name of the cop
in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot Michael Brown: Darren Wilson
The police also revealed that a robbery -- a minor matter involving a box of Swisher Sweets cigars -- took place shortly before the incident. At this point, matters become murky: The NPR report cited above says that Wilson was unaware of the robbery, although a police report pictured here
named Brown as a suspect.The NYT
indicates that the cops may have felt that Brown was connected to the robbery. Michael Brown's family issued a statement alleging that the Ferguson authorities are trying to "assassinate the character" of the victim.
Incidentally, this amazing and shocking story
about an unrelated earlier incident gives us a pretty good idea as to what the cops are like in Ferguson. The police arrested a man they mistakenly thought had outstanding warrants. (Same name, different guy.) Instead of letting him go once the error came out, officers filed charges against the man for getting blood on their uniforms during a beating. The story becomes even more surreal after that.