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Ex-Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Admits to Using N-Word

Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, said he only repeated racist remarks used by other people.

A court filing reveals that Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Black teen Michael Brown, used the N-word in reference to Black people. In a sworn admission, Wilson said he and other city officers have all used the word.

“Officer Wilson did admit in discovery responses that he used the n-word and has heard former officer(s) use the n-word on at least one occasion,” Greg Kloeppel, Wilson’s attorney, said in an email to the Washington Post, which revealed the Dec. 28 court filing on Tuesday.

“But, he did so while repeating/reporting what a victim, witness or suspect etc., relayed to him while conducting an investigation or preparing a report.”

Kloeppel insists that Wilson “never used the n-word to refer to an African American in a racist or derogatory manner and he never repeated a racist joke while on duty.”

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In a series of 173 “admissions” filed in December as part of the civil lawsuit against Wilson, he “admitted” to the following statement:

“You used the n-word to refer to an African American on at least one occasion.”

Wilson did not clarify the circumstances around his use of the word.

However, when he responded “admitted” to the following statement, “You have made a racist remark while on duty as a police officer,” he provided an explanation.

“I have repeated a racist remark made by someone else, but I have not made a racist remark against another individual while on duty as a police officer,” he said.

The Post asked Kloeppel why Wilson “clarified under oath that he had made racist remarks only when repeating others but did not offer similar clarification when responding about his use of the n-word.”

Kloeppel replied that “responses to requests for admissions are not invitations to tell a story or give a substantial narrative.”

Department of Justice Investigation of Ferguson Police

Wilson’s fatal shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old in 2014 exposed friction between the city government and the largely Black community. Ferguson erupted into protests after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer.

Last year, the Ferguson city council voted to accept an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform the city’s police department.

In 2015, a DOJ investigation revealed systemic racial bias by police targeted Blacks and created a “toxic environment” in Ferguson. The report said the St. Louis suburb disproportionately arrested and issued traffic citations to Blacks to boost city revenue through fines, used police as a collection agency and created a culture of distrust that exploded when Wilson fatally shot Brown.

A filmmaker unearthed previously undisclosed footage of Brown recorded hours before he was fatally shot. The new video, which appears in the documentary “Stranger Fruit,” shows Brown in an earlier, seemingly more amicable exchange in the convenience store in the early morning before his killing. It has raised new questions about a suspected robbery that police said he committed in his final hours.

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  • His attorney’s efforts to spin Wilson’s admissions are not helping. Although the attorney claimed that Wilson only used the n-word when quoting someone else, Wilson, did not make that qualification in his admissions. That qualification only applied to repeating racist remarks. And the attorney’s statement that Wilson “never repeated a racist joke while on duty” suggests that he did repeat racists jokes when off-duty.

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    • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

      He is only subject to discipline for his behavior while on duty; the department is required to limit their questioning to his behavior while on duty, since they can’t do anything about what he does when he’s off the clock.

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      • If I were asked if I told racist jokes on duty, my natural response would be “I don’t tell racist jokes, period!” And, I’m not sure that you are correct that they can only limit their questioning to his on-the-job behavior. In my City — Dallas — plenty of law enforcement officers have gotten in trouble for off-duty misconduct.

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  • Well – how about engaging in racist behavior while on duty? Let’s discuss that. To see two people walking peacefully and begin to curse and revile them because of the color of their skin? What does that idiot think this is 1950? Him and everyone like him needs to understand we are not our ancestors. They felt they had no choice but to be terrorized 24/7 and every time they left their houses. Due to their sacrifice we know we don’t have to and our kids especially will not put up with it. The demon Neanderthals like him in these court systems and police departments need to go. It’s time for terrorizing Black people as they walk down the street or drive in their cars to end in this country. How does it get any better than that?

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  • Surprise! surprise! surprise!, NOT!!!

    Over $500,000 from a crowdfunding site later, it should be no surprise he used the word NI**ER as a police officer and committed murder. The link listed below contains the DoD Pentagon Autopsy Report.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/heres-dods-report-michael-browns-autopsy

    This dude killed a young man for sh*ts and giggles. And did it because he knew he could get away with it and because of the people talked about in this Ta Nehisi’s The Atlantic article.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/03/good-people-racist-people/273843/

    Not to mention

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    • I think the cop killed Michael because he is a bully and the situation got out of control after he shouted “get the f@@ck out of the street”. The cop used traditional means to end an unacceptable interaction. The difference between this incident and the thousands of others between white police and nonwhite victims in American history is modern internet and cell based communications.

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      • Yep and that too, on top of being a murderer he’s a damn bully. It burns me to think this psychopath probably believed he was doing the public interest applying lethal force to an unarmed man. He’s an individual with a tepid belief in using nonlethal force to Black people in the Ferguson community. His actions underscores “THE GOOD WHITE” people in Ta Nehisi’s article especially in law enforcement, compromised racist with the ability and authority to kill.

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