In an apparent effort to avoid appearing in public after shooting unarmed teen Michael Brown this summer, Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson (pictured standing) has reportedly missed his court dates to testify against the suspects he arrested, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
As a result, six low-level drug cases have been dismissed because Wilson as the arresting officer failed to appear in court to testify, Ed Magee, the spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, said.
In fact, Wilson has not been in public since Aug. 9th, when he shot Brown, sparking protests and outrage across the nation over police brutality and excessive force against Black males.
The latest case to be dismissed as a result of Wilson’s failure to appear in court came Monday, when charges were dropped against 28-year-old Christopher A. Brooks, the report says. Brooks’ arrest involved a 2013 marijuana possession charge and led to a City Council commendation for Wilson earlier this year. The case had been on hold since early last month, when Wilson, who is on paid administrative leave, failed to appear for a preliminary hearing.
St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge Mary Bruntrager Schroder gave prosecutors an alternate path to get Wilson’s grand jury testimony and advance the case to trial, but she dismissed the case on Monday, writing:
“State not ready. Cause dismissed for failure to prosecute. State opposed.”