New York Times names street of Ferguson cop Wilson's home

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Last November 24, 2014, the New York Times published an article by Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson on the wedding of Darren Wilson, in which the short street on which Wilson’s home is located is clearly named.
Wilson is the Ferguson cop who both a Missouri grand jury and the Obama administration’s Department of Justice determined is innocent of wrongdoing in the shooting death of 300-lb 18-year-old Michael Brown. Since the jury decision, Wilson had left the Ferguson police force.

See “Ferguson grand jury reaches decision: NO INDICTMENT” and “Ferguson cop vindicated: DOJ won’t file charges.”

At the time when the New York Times published the story, the newspaper was taken to task for publishing the name of Wilson’s bride, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, as well as the name of the street. Critics maintain that publicizing the names endangers Darren and his wife because the street in question is relatively small and holds about 40 homes, which makes it easy for those searching to narrow down which one belongs to the Wilsons. Moreover, their neighbors are also potentially put in harm’s way because vandals may mistake a neighbor’s home for the Wilsons’.
But New York Times stood by its decision. (Washington Examiner)
It is now almost 4 months later, both the names of Wilson’s wife and their street are still in the NYT article:

Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, has been out of public sight ever since. Yet last month, he stepped into a St. Louis County office building, gave his name and applied for a marriage license.

Several days later, Officer Wilson married Barbara Spradling, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, public records show…. Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling own a home together on Manda Lane in Crestwood, Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson.

In its defense, New York Times argues that Wilson’s home location had already been revealed by media outlets.
Indeed, CNN was the first to do so in August 2014 on the day that Ferguson police chief Jackson released Darren Wilson’s name. In a video report showing Wilson’s house, including the street number, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives (see pic below). The video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera did not name the street, he did give its approximate location.
CNN reporter in front of Darren Wilson's house
Other media outlets immediately followed CNN’s example. Some, like USA Today and Yahoo News, named the town in which Wilson lives — Crestwood, a suburb of St. Louis. Others, notably The Washington Post, named the street itself — Manda Lane. (See “Media make public Ferguson cop’s photo and address”)
None of the above excuses the New York Times of naming the street and the town three months later. Doing so serves no journalistic “public’s right to know” purpose.
Both Darren Wilson and his wife are recognized for their performance as police officers. Officer Spradling received a medal of valor award in 2012 for her work as a police officer; Officer Wilson received a commendation in early 2014 for his arrest of a suspect in a drug case. Neither deserves having their home address outed by New York Times and other media.
~Éowyn

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0 responses to “New York Times names street of Ferguson cop Wilson's home

  1. One by one, The Wicked reveal themselves.

     
  2. Despicable.

     
  3. “Neither deserves having their home address outed by New York Times and other media.” Not in the agenda-driven SRM’s opinion….outing their address may only create more stories for them when protestors show up! Jerks.

     
  4. I pray that Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling relocate to a more friendly environment. I am sure there are plenty of places in these United States that would hire both of them and they would no longer have to deal with being who they are where they are currently living. I suspect my small town, like others in this area, would welcome them with open arms.
    May the Lord have mercy.

     
  5. So typical isn’t it…they love riots and hatred, it sells their rags. May God protect these policemen and their families.

     
  6. IMHO, the ‘lamestream’ media is nothing but an outlet for the demonic rants of Leftists…

     
  7. It is a sad day when so many let so few manipulate the course of a case with lies.
    The danger this couple has been in since day one, all based on lies, is beyond what most of us can even imagine.
    If anything should happen to this couple, it falls on the heads of few.
    Looks like Soros 35 million has gone far. Like a few other countries, he should be escorted to the border. Sadly, he has a demented son just like him ready to take the reins.

     
  8. If something were to happen to either one of the Wilson’s , could they sue the Times and/or CNN ?

     

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