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FOP Providing Free Security for Wilson

December 02, 2014  | 

A contingent of St. Louis-area police union members have been providing personal protection for former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, an unusual security arrangement that will likely continue indefinitely despite the officer's recent resignation from the force, a top union official said Monday.

Darren Wilson officially resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday night. The announcement comes nearly 4 months since he shot and killed Michael Brown and less than a week since a grand jury decided not to indict him.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, told USA Today local FOP members have been voluntarily providing Wilson's security that has included their involvement in shuttling the officer among undisclosed locations since his involvement in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

"I don't know how he can live a normal life,'' Pasco said, adding that his "days as a cop are over.''

Comments (18)

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forrest @ 12/2/2014 1:12 PM

GOOD NEWS! At least someone hasn't turned their backs on the man...

If I knew him personally, I'd have offered him a spare room at my house by now. I don't know if he's a decent human being or not, but his actions do not seem to deserve the public threats that have been made against him and his family.

Really? @ 12/2/2014 3:27 PM

My heart goes out to Officer Wilson and his family. I fault the media for causing all of this uproar in the first place. I have personal experience how a person's face can turn demonic looking. I was scolding a kid for misbehaving on the school bus. The more I talked to him, the more his face physically changed before my eyes. It was very unnerving. I was thankful I am a spiritual person, and knew how to keep it from further affecting me. Just because a multitude of people don't believe a person's face can do this, does not mean it cant happen. It CAN happen because it happened to me. I honestly don't think Michael Brown is the angel that they were trying to paint him either. None of us were there, so we will never know. I am not siding with anyone, but I know what I know. I will keep Darren Wilson and his family in my prayers because I am sure they will need them! I pray they find someplace to live without the worry of ever being harmed in any way. Be safe Darren.

THE LAW OF ONE @ 12/2/2014 4:40 PM

As an active veteran Police Officer in Missouri since 2005, I find that the level of discernment and public trust for the men and women who are known by their titles as Protectors of the innocent, Defenders of the law, Guardians against evildoers, has eroded far more now than in any time since its inception.

With so much fear, worry,doubt and mistrust running amok in the media about Police Officers killing people that the public has called for Officers to wear a video camera on their uniform while on Patrol "as a precautionary measure" then perhaps we should tell Physicians to wear them on their uniforms as well since their are 5/7 times as many deaths as a result of Doctors practicing medicine.

For that matter what about body worn cameras on our attorneys, judges and politicians?

starrman69 @ 12/2/2014 4:42 PM

As an Active Member of the FOP, I would volunteer to help out if I lived closer to MO...

Ron Martinelli @ 12/2/2014 4:53 PM

I may not know the whole story and I certainly don't know who Officer Wilson's attorney(s) are, but who let him resign from his department without at least filing for a stress disability retirement?! If anyone deserves medical coverage and a partial pension it is this poor former officer. I am worried that Officer Wilson will eventually suffer from PSD or PTSD once he has time to decompress and ponder over the loss of his career and benefits that he was earning. Who is there to take care of Officer Wilson after he devoted his career to taking care of his community. This is disgraceful. My prayers go out to him, his new wife and his entire family.

Jingcha @ 12/2/2014 5:07 PM

Come to Virginia brother. You're welcome at my place and we will bring back your police powers. You have friends nation wide. Bring your family. I don't have much but we take care of each other.

Rick @ 12/3/2014 3:16 AM

I too wear a badge and a gun for work, and I pray to God so that I can make the best decision should I ever be in a situation like officer Wilson was. I can't begin to imagine what has been going through Wilson's mind this past few months, Prayers for him and his family.

Mike @ 12/3/2014 6:26 AM

Is there any kind of fund set up for Officer Wilson and his family that I can donate to? The name of any bank, organization or whatever, please Police of Target, let us know!!!!

Jeff @ 12/3/2014 7:10 AM

Wilson is paying a price for a situation that was beyond his control and the reaction of the community and antagonists has taken us back 40 years. Perception and reality are miles apart on this one. I am thankful that LEO's like Wilson are willing to take on these demanding roles so the rest of us can sleep easier at night. I hope he and his family land on their feet while the rest of the nation pulls their head out of the sand.

JohnC @ 12/3/2014 9:05 AM

The actions of this WUSS are going to cause all of us to be wearing cameras! He should have ran Brown down and played the drums on his head while beating him to a (still living) PULP. The message here is for all of us to redouble our efforts in the GYM, so no pile of meat can cause us to make bad decisions.

XXXXX @ 12/3/2014 10:02 AM

Well JohnC, thank you for your ignorant contribution. Unless you sat on the Grand Jury, I suggest you STFU.

jeff @ 12/3/2014 11:04 AM

JohnC is the kind of Officer it sounds like we should fear and gives all of us a bad name. Poor John..just wait until someone begins beating you to a pulp..("still living") and then what are you going to do big guy...STFU well said XXXXX

Realist @ 12/3/2014 11:07 AM

You seem to be indicating that Wilson somehow put himself in this position by not being bigger and stronger. Wilson heroically stared in the face of danger and still did his job, despite the fact that Brown was bigger and stronger than him. Just remember JohnC, that no matter how big and strong and 'bad' you may think you are, there is always someone bigger, stronger, and tougher than you. Way to judge a police officer who was found to have been justified by a grand jury.

Btw JohnC, "what's your max bro"

lmmccart @ 12/3/2014 11:58 AM

I sent my personal check for Officer Darren Wilson to:

C/O FOP Lodge 15
9620 Lackland Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63114-3412
(NOTE - Information about the Fraternal Order of Police is available at:

mike @ 12/3/2014 12:04 PM

Thanks Immccart, my check is on the way!!!

ssc1911 @ 12/6/2014 5:03 PM

The events that have happened in Ferguson, MO have divided the nation and cops.
sadly for a police officer doing his job he has to suffer the grand jury and now the possibility of a civil rights suit by the US Justice Dept. This suit is unnecessary as the officer acted properly. Cops don't need to wear body cameras the public has to learn how respect law enforcement and work with them. Cops are asked to go into bad parts of any town , city etc to clean up the problems and when they do they get criticized and scrutinized for doing their jobs. The tide has to turn back in teh cop's favor.not the way it is now.

notmeofficer @ 12/7/2014 8:26 AM


You can't be real police... there's just no way.. and if you are the only struggle for your life youve ever encountered is coming out the birth canal

Lifetime lasd here... street copper... what are you... park maintenance staff?

Wilson is screwed... I agree with other posters... deserves a stress disability... life going forward will be a bunker somewhere...

Dwayne Juedes @ 3/14/2015 1:58 PM

God bless you Officer Wilson. You are in our prayer's May God protect you and your family. I am retired LE and my son is currently a part time policeman. I know you didn't ask for or deserve this.

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