Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson No-Shows for Hearing In Award-Winning Drug Case

By McCarton Ackerman 10/01/14

Michael Brown's killer has been on administrative leave and has no intentions of showing up for any cases this year.

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Infamous Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson won an award for a case involving drug charges against 28-year-old Christopher Brooks, but the case could be dismissed after he failed to show up for a preliminary hearing, and made clear that he has no plans to do so in the future.

Brooks is facing a felony drug charge from his February 2013 arrest by Wilson last year, a sharp drop from the seven charges initially requested by Wilson. Brooks’ lawyer, Nick Zotos, said he was “assured” by Wilson’s lawyers that Wilson would not show up for this or any other case this year. He is currently on paid administrative leave while the investigation into his Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is still being completed and has not been seen in public since.

Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch, said that there about six pending criminal cases related to charges filed by Wilson, but whether the cases move forward will be decided on an individual basis. However, he said Brooks’ case could proceed even if Wilson didn’t show up to testify.

In a police report of the incident, Wilson noted that Brooks refused to let him search his car, wrestled Brooks for the car keys, and was later pushed. Once he and another accomplice were placed in the back of a squad car, bags of marijuana, and a bag of 10 Xanax pills were found in Brooks’ car. He reportedly admitted to selling marijuana to support his family and planned to sell the drugs found in the car. Wilson said that no weapons were used in restraining Brooks and that he only exercised “hand control and the positioning of my body weight.”

But in a widely contradicting version of events from Brooks, he claimed in a Facebook post that Wilson “beat my ass in my front yard while I was handcuffed then gave me 6 felonies” and that he has been at war with the local police department since moving to the county. Zotos also claimed that his client was “manhandled” by Wilson.

Another hearing has been set for Oct. 27.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.