Now we have a name.
Darren Wilson is the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters Friday.
He is a 6-year veteran with no disciplinary issues, Jackson said, declining to answer any questions about the officer.
However, before naming him, Jackson spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon and said the officer was “devastated” by what had happened.
“This is his community,” Jackson said. “He never wanted any of this to happen.”
The release of Wilson’s name satisfies a key demand of protesters and critics of the handling of the case by the suburban St. Louis police department and St. Louis County investigators handling the probe.
Brown, an African-American teen, was shot to death Saturday. Police have said the shooting occurred during a struggle for the officer’s gun. Witnesses have said Brown’s arms were raised when he was shot.
After days of sometimes violent protests, the Missouri State Highway Patrol took over security for the protests on Thursday.
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