Op-Ed by Claire Bernish
August 11, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Columbia, Missouri — Sunday, August 9th marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. That day would seem appropriate to come together in unity and reflect on the heroics of such an “innocent, but persecuted, officer.”
Wait. . .What?!
That’s what the Columbia Police Officers Union had to say about Wilson in a post to its Facebook page exactly one year after Brown was gunned down by him. In fact, they led the nation as the only organization calling to commemorate the day officially by renaming it “Darren Wilson Day.”
You know, because #BlueLivesMatterTwiceAsMuch?
Apparently it wasn’t quite sufficient that Wilson was able to retire as a free (and very much alive) former police officer, and though he will go down in historical infamy for killing a teen who didn’t even have a weapon and was following orders when he was shot—now we must throw a party celebrating these heroics, too. Seems legit.
Well, there are, you know, the facts…ish. And things.
The Missouri police organization felt so strongly about those, er…ok, they felt so strongly about this that they offered support for Wilson because of “the fact that he was thoroughly investigated…and BOTH those investigations found he did NOTHING wrong,” claimed the Facebook post, whose use of all caps clearly means they REALLY meant it.
After all, such investigations are ALWAYS right, no matter how innocent of wrongdoing the cops ALWAYS are in the end.
Wisely, the Missouri police union felt the outrageous post needed a bit of clarification.
After a revision, the post claimed that Darren Wilson Day wasn’t only meant to glorify the one officer, but should also commemorate all the other cops who “endure similar situations.”
Glad they cleared that up.
It almost seemed like the anniversary of a senseless fatal shooting was going to go to waste on the celebration of a single killer—when there are so many badge-toting badasses we should be joyful for.
Rumors that the Columbia Police Officers Union had already purchased funny hats and noisemakers for Jeffrey Dahmer Day remained unconfirmed at the time of publication. But they REALLY might be TRUE.
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Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include social justice, police brutality, exposing the truth behind propaganda, and general government accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Ohio. Learn more about Bernish here!