‘Unemployable’ Darren Wilson Puts Ferguson in Past


In a 10,000-word profile in the New Yorker magazine, former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson says he has been unable to find police work and lives with his wife and newborn daughter in a home they recently bought on the outskirts of St. Louis. Supporters have raised nearly half a million dollars on behalf of the Wilsons, allowing them to buy the house and pay their legal expenses. Wilson said he had not read the Justice Department's report on systemic racism in Ferguson. “I don't have any desire,” he said. “I'm not going to keep living in the past about what Ferguson did. It's out of my control.”

Wilson said that he had interviewed for a few police positions but had been told that he would be a liability. “It's too hot an issue, so it makes me unemployable,” he said. He talked with the magazine’s Jake Halpern about the “culture shock” of working in a predominantly black town. “I never looked at it like 'I'm the only white guy here,'” he said. “I just looked at it as 'This isn't where I grew up.' ” He said, “When a cop shows up, it's, like, 'The cops are here!' There's no 'Oh, shit, the white cops are here!' ” He added, “If you live in a high-crime area, with a lot of poverty, there's going to be a large police presence. You're going to piss people off.”

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