Despite more than a few businesses in Ferguson, Missouri being looted then burned to the ground after a grand jury voted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson on criminal charges stemming from his shooting of Michael Brown, few if any major news organizations are reporting that the infant whose life may have been saved before the Brown shooting, was likely a black child. As reported by the Bloomberg Politics news portal on Nov. 25, 2014, as well as KMOV.com of Saint Louis, Mo. on Nov. 24, 2014, prior to Officer Wilson responding to the radio call regarding Brown’s strong arm robbery of a local convenience store, Wilson was involved with a sickly infant residing in an overwhelmingly African-American Section 8 housing complex.
As both news services reported, the timeline of the Michael Brown shooting cited that prior to Officer Wilson responding to the video tape recorded robbery Brown was implicated in, Wilson was busy ensuring a sick child was safe, and that mother and child were safely and quickly transported to a local hospital. On the day of the shooting Wilson responded at 11:45 a.m. to the Northwinds Apartment Complex for an “emergency involving a 2-year-old child who had trouble breathing” as well as reportedly running a fever. At 11:53 a.m. while still at the Northwinds Apartments, Wilson heard a radio call involving a theft at a market on West Florissant Avenue, just a few blocks away. It was then that Wilson made the judgment call to remain with the sickly child as well as the child’s mother until an ambulance arrived. Only when sure health care professionals were on scene to transport mother and child to the hospital did Officer Wilson respond to the theft call.
However, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Oct. 18, 2014 that the very same Northwinds Apartment complex as one of many federally designated Section 8 Housing projects that the Post-Dispatch described as an “amalgam of crime, mismanagement and African-American poverty.” Furthermore, the Post-Dispatch made note that of the slew of low income projects (to include Northwinds) in St. Louis County, the overwhelming number of residents are black. According to the newspaper, “99 percent [are] African-American.”