Darren Wilson Secretly Met with Top Network News Anchors
Although he vanished from the public eye after fatally shooting unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is apparently planning his reemergence, and has been meeting with well-known TV anchors to decide who’ll get his first interview. CNN reports that Wilson spoke with the reporters last week in “secret locations,” and that the conversations were “entirely off the record.” According to the report, anchors who met with Wilson include “Matt Lauer of NBC, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, Scott Pelley of CBS, and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN.”
Wilson is a highly coveted interview subject, particularly since he has never spoken publicly about killing Brown, or the national controversy that followed. He has refused to appear in court to testify in cases involving his arrests, opting instead to remain in hiding. Reports suggest that he did appear to testify before the grand jury that is now considering whether or not to indict him in Brown’s killing.
Cooper and Lemon both took to Twitter to confirm that they had met with Wilson, calling the meeting “standard procedure” and “not out of the ordinary.” Cooper also tweeted that Wilson had chosen not to do an interview with him. No word yet on who Wilson selected for his first sit-down.
A grand jury in Ferguson is expected to announce its decision on Wilson’s indictment in the coming days.