The New Yorker runs a profile of Wilson, covering his early life, training as a police officer, the events surrounding Brown’s death, and his current situation. On the night after the shooting, he talks about being home with his wife:
Neither one of us knew what the reaction was going to be the next day. You know, a typical police shooting is: you get about a week to a week and a half off, you see a shrink, you go through your Internal Affairs interviews. And then you come back…We stayed up all night watching, like, ‘Oh, my God—what’s going on? What are they doing?’
When his wife’s six-year-old son asks him what is happening:
I said, ‘Well, I had to shoot somebody.’ And he goes, ‘Well, why did you shoot him? Was he a bad guy?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he was a bad guy.’
A member of the grand jury that doesn’t indict Ferguson police officer Wilson sues county prosecutor, McCulloch about the public’s impression of the grand jury’s inaccurate work. Grand juror:
I am seeking to speak out because the public’s impression of the grand jury’s work is not entirely accurate.
A St. Louis officer faces disciplinary action for wearing a tag on his sleeve bearing the last name of the former Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown. The officer wears the Wilson tag to show solidarity while stationed at City Hall. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson:
I couldn’t be more disappointed and I thinks the officer will get some days off for his actions. We spend a lot of time working on professionalism and building a bridge in the community.
Johnson, a friend of deceased teenager Brown was with him when he was shot. A law enforcement interview with Johnson is not included among thousands of pages of documents released after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Wilson in the case. Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch:
If it’s not there, it’s not there. I don’t know what was released.
The St. Louis Prosecutors office releases new documents from the investigation into the death of Brown. The documents include eight partially redacted transcripts of FBI interviews with witnesses and a transcript of Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s Nov. 24 announcement that the grand jury did not indict Ferguson Officer Wilson in Brown’s death. The 53 recordings of police radio traffic between Ferguson officers and the police dispatcher, begin with a report of a stealing in progress. Police radio dispatch exchanges:
Send us several more units over here. There’s gonna be a problem. We’re gonna need crowd control here.
Barkley calls the Ferguson rioters ‘scumbags’ in an interview on Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. Barkley says he supports the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision.
Those aren’t black people, those are scumbags. There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars. The true story came out from the grand jury testimony. Three or four witnesses, who were black, said exactly what the cop [WILSON] said.
Knowles, Ferguson mayor, announces during a press conference that Wilson will not receive severance pay.
There is no severance agreement with Officer Wilson and the city of Ferguson and the city of Ferguson will not be making a severance payment to Officer Wilson. Now is the time for the city of Ferguson to begin it’s healing process.
Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, says Wilson will never return to policing. Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department are currently in discussions regarding the terms of his departure from the force. Bruntrager:
There’s no way in the world he can go back to being a police officer. The first day he would be back on the street something terrible would happen to him or to someone that would be working with him. The last thing he wants is to put other police officers at risk.
Wilson resigns from the Ferguson Police Department, effective immediately, after being told by the department they had received threats of violence if he stayed on the force.
I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.
Wilson is expected to receive around $1 million in donations from the Support Officer Darren Wilson organization, which was started by a woman who will not reveal her name due to fear of backlash. The woman says that her father was shot by a cop, but maintains that it was her father’s fault.
You have to be accountable and my dad had to be accountable. He wasn’t a bad person, Mike Brown might not have been a bad person but he made a very bad choice that day. My dad made a very bad choice back in 1995 and there are consequences to those actions, especially when you fight a police officer.
Wilson announces that he and wife, Barbara Spradling, are expecting their first child, during an interview with George Stephanopolous. Wilson says he hopes their life can become “normal”.
I just want to live a new life but that’s not possible. Things will be different. There’ll be a new normal, but we’ll find it somehow.
McSpadden and Brown Sr. give their account on the events that happened in Ferguson on August 9th, 2014. McSpadden:
My son was running for his life and his father has had a conversation with him about how to deal with the authorities if you’re approached.
McSpadden and Brown Sr. voice their opinions on respect, equality and the justice system. McSpadden:
Why is it so important to cover this up for this man, he is wrong. What does this do for Ferguson….really.
In documents released by St Louis County after the grand jury decision an 18-year-old unidentified witness describes Brown charging at Wilson.
Dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a football player head down.
The witness told of hearing three bangs, but:
The big kid wouldn’t stop.
Stephanopolous conducts the first interview of Darren Wilson in a ‘secret location’. The hour long interview is set to air Tuesday, November 25 on World News with David Muir and Nightline and Wednesday, Nov. 26, on Good Morning America. Stephanopolous says Wilson told him that while he is sorry for the death of Brown, he would not change how he handled the situation. Stephanopolous:
He does not think he could have done anything differently. He says he did what he was trained to do. He has a clean conscience over his actions that day.
Brown, McSpadden and Brown Sr. give their reactions to the grand jury decision, officer Wilson and the violence in Ferguson. McSpadden:
My son doesn’t have a history of violence, one image does not paint a persons entire life or their entire past on how they were. We all do have a past….
Protesters gather on the fifth floor on Chicago’s City Hall to demonstrate against the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson. The sit-in protest, organized by the Black Youth Project 100 activist group, is expected to last 28 hours. Activist:
An unarmed black person is killed by a police officer, security guard or vigilante every 28 hours in the United States.
Wilson’s testimony to the grand jury is released
Photos released by St. Louis County officials show the extent of Wilson’s injuries:
The grand jury decides that Wilson will not face charges in the shooting death of Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch says the 12 members of the grand jury had met on 25 separate days over three months and heard testimony from about 60 witnesses, along with experts on blood, DNA, toxicology and firearms.
[They] poured their hearts and soul into this process. They gave up their lives, put their lives on hold, put their families on hold.
He said many witness accounts, many on social media, conflicted with the case’s physical evidence. For example, he added, some witnesses said Brown was shot in the back while running away from Wilson, but autopsy results showed no wounds to the back of his body.
There is no question that Darren Wilson caused the death of Michael Brown by shooting him, but the inquiry does not end there. But the duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction…no probable cause exists to file any charges against Darren Wilson.
Several news anchors meet with Wilson. All of the meetings are off the record and the anchors do most of the speaking. Lemon:
My meeting with Wilson was not out of the ordinary and that we’ve interviewed the Brown family, Dorian Johnson and all witnesses. Of course we’d want to interview Wilson.
Anonymous claims it obtained evidence directly connecting the We Support Darren Wilson group with the Ku Klux Klan while hacking the personal data of KKK members. An informant has also apparently told Anonymous that Wilson’s girlfriend, Ferguson police officer Barbara Spradling, may have connections to the KKK. One We Support Darren Wilson rally in Imperial, Miss., which is Spradling’s hometown, is reported to have been organized by the KKK. The group scrubbed many photos from its social media pages in a possible attempt to obscure the connection.
Wilson secretly marries his girlfriend Spradling who is also a Ferguson police officer. The informal wedding is performed at an Overland courthouse. St. Louis County Courthouse sources:
The couple went unnoticed when they applied for a marriage license.
Wilson has been in hiding since the fatal shooting of teenager Brown. He has testified before the grand jury hearing Brown’s case. Spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor, Ed Magee:
The grand jury that is hearing the Brown-Wilson case, that’s the only thing they are hearing.
Protests continues in Ferguson, Missouri, calling for arrest of Darren Wilson due to killing an armed Michael Brown.Thomas Jackson tells the Brown family:
No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling. I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street. The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day, but it was just too long, and I am truly sorry for that.
Johnson, friend of deceased teenager Brown speaks about the funeral, police brutality, the false police report and his friendship with Brown:
He was a good friend, never spoke down about anybody, didn’t really tease anybody about being smaller than him because he was bigger than a lot of people we were around. He was a real good friend he didn’t like to see other people down.
Johnson, friend and witness of deceased teenager Brown describes the fatal attack and shooting of Brown:
I know what a taser looks like, a taser gun looks like and I know what a regular gun looks like. When I looked at the officer I was staring dead in front of the barrel and almost a second later the gun went off.