MISSOURI - A drug case investigated by the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August was dismissed Monday when the officer, Darren Wilson, failed to appear in court, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wilson was due in court for a hearing in the felony drug case against Christopher A. Brooks, for which the officer had previously earned praise. He has not been spotted in public since his name was linked to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.
“I expected it to be dismissed,” Brooks’s attorney, Nick Zotos, said in a phone interview with The Post. “I didn’t expect the officer to show at all. Because he’s probably listening to his lawyers. He’s represented by good lawyers in his own defense. I would presume they told him ‘don’t show.’ He’s an inactive police officer, there’s nothing in it for him to appear.”
Wilson’s attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail. “We’d always rather win it on the facts of the law, but we’ll take winning on procedure,” Zotos said.
Brown was killed in an Aug. 9 shooting in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. Details surrounding the shooting remain unclear, though a grand jury is investigating the case. The felony drug case involving Brooks began in February 2013, when Wilson received a call about a suspicious vehicle, according to the Post-Dispatch. Two men exited the car when Wilson arrived, the newspaper reported, and the officer spoke with Brooks and 28-year-old Erik C. Johnson. Wilson handcuffed the pair and asked for Brooks’s keys.
Via the Post-Dispatch, here’s what allegedly happened next:
Brooks refused, Wilson tried to grab the keys, and Brooks slapped his hand away, the report says. Wilson eventually got the keys, and pushed or pulled Brooks to the ground when Brooks refused to get down. Wilson wrote that he later found bags of marijuana and a bag containing 10 pills. An addendum to the report says Brooks admitted selling marijuana to support his family, and planned to sell the pills.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Wilson received an award for the arrest at a Ferguson City Council meeting this year.
By Sarah Larimer - The Washington Post/Oct. 26, 2014
Drug Charges Dropped in Michael Brown Case as Officer Involved is a Court No-Show