Protesters hold signs Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, along a stretch of road where violent protests occurred following the August shooting of unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Darren Wilson, the White Missouri police officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, is apparently prepared to break his long-held silence.
CNN’s Brian Stelter reported on “Reliable Sources” Nov. 23 that Wilson has been meeting with some “high-profile news anchors” in “secret locations” to discuss what, for them, would be a major feather in their caps—an exclusive interview with the elusive officer. Among those anchors competing in this high-stakes game of one-upmanship were NBC News’s Matt Lauer, ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS News’s Scott Pelley and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, according to Stelter.
The meetings, Stelter reports, were totally off the record, and as a result, “those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and the networks can’t even confirm that they happened.”
In the wake of the Aug. 9 shooting and resulting public outrage, Wilson has done a “Houdini,” making no public statements and practically disappearing from the public eye.
In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Wilson is not expecting to face criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the nationally watched case for the past several months, a police union official said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson Police Officer Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting. Wilson remains confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)
As a Washington Post story recently put it: “What makes Wilson’s case notable… is the completeness of the information void: Wilson left notraces on social media. His police chief says they haven’t spoken since the aftermath of the shooting. Even at pro-Wilson rallies, most who show up say they’re simply showing support for police officers and due process. Nobody in Wilson’s far-flung family has spoken on his behalf.”
According to reports, one of Wilson’s few public outings may have occurred when he testified before the grand jury which is currently deliberating whether to bring charges against him in Brown’s death. A decision is expected to be reached within a few days.