A police union in Missouri created a “Darren Wilson Day” as yesterday was the one year anniversary since former officer Darren Wilson defended himself against Michael Brown. But a Facebook posting declaring Sunday ‘Darren Wilson Day’ in this college town brought protesters to the police station on Monday and strong criticism from city leaders.
A post on the Columbia Police Officers Association’s Facebook page, which appeared on the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, called Wilson “an innocent, but persecuted, officer.”
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, about 20 protesters gathered at noon Monday in front of the Columbia Police Department headquarters at 600 East Walnut Street. City Manager Mike Matthes and police Chief Ken Burton were in attendance.
“I found the post offensive, and I thought I needed to stand with the community and say what the police department thinks about it,” Burton said at the protest. “It was insensitive at best, and provocative at worst.”
Check out these Twitter users who were not happy also:
Darren Wilson Day? I swear white ppl are the cruelest ppl on earth. White Devils forreal.
— Lil Boo (@_KingBritt) August 10, 2015
to people tweeting "happy darren wilson day" : i pray Allah will show you just once the hellfire that awaits you in the next life.
— Mak Hashi (@makhashi_) August 9, 2015
I actually just has to unfriend someone on Facebook because they had August 9 listed as "Darren Wilson Day" TALK ABOUT WHITE PRIVILEGE
— amy (@amylattari) August 10, 2015
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) August 10, 2015
Other users praised the day.
— Al Gorelioni (@Al_Gorelioni) August 10, 2015
DARREN WILSON DESERVES A DAY IN HIS HONOR, after America let unproductive savages ruin his career. https://t.co/XaLG7TTWl7
— Niko (@NikoTheFarmer) August 10, 2015
— Its Me Dude (@PolarWhut) August 9, 2015
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