A Darren Wilson supporter came forward Monday evening with a hand-written note from the officer sending thanks to his supporters.
In the letter, obtained by KSDK, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown offered gratitude to his supporters for their prayers and well wishes, after it was announced he would not be charged for the murder. He also explains why he is unable to talk to them personally for the sake of his safety.
Wilson also asked that the letter not be released until the grand jury’s decision was made final.
Read the letter in its entirety below:
I would like to thank you all for standing up for me during this stressful time. Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me. I watched the CNN video we recorded at the rally on Saturday and it brought tears to my eyes.
All of you are simply amazing, and I don’t know how to thank you all enough. I wish I could attend meet you, hug you, and personally thank you for all of your continued support, however, due to my and my families safety I am unable to. Please don’t give this letter to any media or post it where they can see it. Relay the message of thanks to all and keep this letter private until the investigation is complete.
I want you all to know that I do get updates on the amount of support. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see all of the comments made through social media, but overall messages are relayed to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know that I would do the same for any of you.
Also please keep my family in blue in your hearts and prayers, they have all made a sacrifice to their own lives in order to work the excessive hours through the heat and rain to ensure that the riots and protests in Ferguson were as safe as they could be.
P.O Darren Wilson
A “Support Darren Wilson” page on Facebook, linked to the GoFundMe from this fall, released a statement of thanks as well:
After the teen was killed in August, supporters of Wilson created a GoFundMe campaign to help with legal fees for the officer. Before it was shut down, it reportedly raised over $100,000. It was said to have raised more money than Michael Brown’s memorial fund.
SOURCE: KSDK | PHOTO CREDIT: Ferguson Police Department