Fox & Friends spoke to a friend of Officer Darren Wilson’s on Tuesday to find out what had been the “toughest part” of not being charged after killing unarmed teen Michael Brown.
The morning after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, the Fox News morning show tweeted about an upcoming interview with Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
“Coming up: What has been the toughest part of this for Officer Darren Wilson? A friend of Officer Wilson joins us with new information,” the message said.
Coming up: What has been the toughest part of this for Officer Darren Wilson? A friend of Officer Wilson joins us with new information.
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) November 25, 2014
“His thoughts are with his brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” Roorda explained to Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “He’s very concerned about their welfare. You can imagine him sitting on the sidelines while officers are in harm’s way as a result of something that happened to him. It’s hard to watch.”
“Is he fearful for his own family’s safety, and his own?” Hasselbeck wondered.
Roorda replied that he did not want to give out any specifics about his communication with Wilson, “but obviously safety is a grave concern.”
“What do you want people to know about Officer Wilson?” Hasselbeck asked. “What kind of guy is he? Who is he?”
“He’s just a cop who responding to a call for a baby — an African-American baby — who was gravely ill,” Roorda insisted. “It wasn’t his area. He responded because he’s there to serve that community, and he observed a crime in progress — a suspect from a crime that had just occurred — as he was leaving there. And the rest is history now.”
In conclusion, Roorda asserted that the Brown family should be comforted by the fact that the prosecutor provided “every single piece of physical evidence, every witness, every witness statement” to the grand jury.
“And now he’s being criticized harshly for introducing all that evidence,” he opined. “Imagine the tsunami of criticism that would have followed if he had withheld even one piece of evidence.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Nov. 25, 2014.