FERGUSON, MO, November 25, 2014 — Since his name was released details about Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the unarmed teen were slow to emerging. Tonight, we know that he has not been indicted in that killing. And he has spoken to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:
Officer Darren Wilson has been a police officer for six years, two of them in Jennings, a city in St. Louis County, Missouri.
At the age of 22, Wilson joined the Jennings police force and appears to have transferred over to the nearby Ferguson station at the age of 24. Wilson still appears much more youthful than he does in the only previously released photos.
According to MailOnline, Wilson did not have an easy childhood.
He grew up in the predominantly white neighborhood of St. Peters, a suburb of St. Louis. His mother had three children from at least two different men. The major problems Wilson had to deal with growing up were not the revolving door of relationships his mother had, instead, it was how she made her living.
His mother, Tonya Durso, was a serial con artist. She would befriend neighbors and then steal their identities taking out hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans and credit card debt.
Durso was caught in February 2001 when the bank told her that she could not deposit any more money into her account because her crime had been detected. The bank had notified the police.
According to public records, Wilson’s mother pleaded guilty to six counts of forgery and one count of theft in St. Louis court.
At the time she was already on parole from another incident in 1998 where she had pled guilty to a different six county of stealing.
The following month, at the age of 35, Tonya Durso died. Darren Wilson would have been 16 years old.
Today at 28, Wilson lives in a different predominantly white suburb of St. Louis, Crestwood.
Records show that his home is valued at $180,000 and is described as a bungalow with a pool and a basketball court.
In February, Officer Wilson received a commendation for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” and occasion that his father posted photos of on his Facebook page and commented that he was “very proud of his son”.
Regardless of seemingly having lived his life in mostly white neighborhoods, an unidentified friend of Wilson’s told MailOnline that Wilson preferred to patrol in the African American neighborhoods of St. Louis instead of the lower crime areas.
At an early press conference Police Chief Jackson described Wilson as a quiet man and an excellent officer.
The police chief offered very little additional information on the officer other than stating that Wilson did receive facial injuries from his confrontation with Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.
The chief also described Wilson as “absolutely devastated. He never intended this to happen” at the same press conference.Click here for reuse options!
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