Ferguson Cop Manages to Lie Low Amid Furor
Conflicting reports emerge about Darren Wilson's injuries
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2014 3:32 PM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2014 4:05 PM CDT
In this Feb. 11, 2014 image from video released by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson.    (AP Photo/City of Ferguson)

(Newser) – The police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who shot Michael Brown has gone underground, in a big, big way. The media usually dig up information on major news figures via social media, or family and friends—but any social media accounts Darren Wilson had were scrapped before the police divulged his name, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. A few supporters have spoken in his defense, but no one very close to him, and neither his attorney nor police union officials have anything to say. "He’s had some advice to dive down a hole and take cover for now," says a crisis-management expert. "They're doing everything possible."

A friend who's an aspiring cop has spoken up in Wilson's defense, saying he's "100% sure" that Wilson "feared for his life" in shooting Brown. As an aside, the Post-Dispatch notes that Chief Thomas Jackson says Wilson's face was swollen after he struggled with Brown; unnamed sources tell WJLA that Wilson suffered a "serious facial injury," and multiple reports say it was an "orbital blowout fracture," reports Opposing Views. CNN's Don Lemon, however, reported that while Wilson was treated for swelling around his eyes, he did not have a broken eye socket, notes Salon. All the conflicting reports are based on anonymous sources, and Ferguson officials have yet to offer much clarification. (Ferguson's new plan: police cameras.)

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Paul
Aug 28, 2014 8:02 PM CDT
This was blown up by racist activists. There was no reason for all this crap nor did it get anything accomplished. Grab a cops gun and your done period. This is very simple, follow commands and all will go very smooth. There is bad and good people regardless if they are cops, sanitation, civilians but the system will catch up with them in the end. Some people take advantage of the freedoms we live in and don't appreciate the hard work and sacrifices our soldiers black, white and otherwise suffer. We need to wake up and love and care for each other.
alabamasummer
Aug 22, 2014 9:07 PM CDT
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/12/unarmed-airman-shot-in-gut-by-alabama-police-as-he-lay-on-ground-following-traffic-accident/ This cop and his victim might be a better example of what a hands up don't shoot violation looks like. In my opinion this cop is guilty of attempted first degree murder. Now let's compare to the Brown killing. Brown seems to have been killed in self defense. That is a righteous killing in every case, if the facts show this killing was done in self defense.
Sam French
Aug 22, 2014 1:24 PM CDT
can a person kill another person? The answers is yes. Does a person have the right to kill another person? Again the answer is yes if a group of people agree this is the line of death. so how can a group of people decide it is okay to end life.? I ask this community of people invested in this event to give feedback. all input is correct