Ferguson’s police department hasn’t shared much about officer Darren Wilson, who they say shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday. But USA Today visited Wilson’s home today in Crestwood, Missouri.
The geographic difference between Ferguson and Crestwood is tiny–a short 26 miles away. But the demographic differences are severe. In 2012, the median household income in Ferguson was $36,121; it was nearly double for Crestwood, at $64,724. And while Ferguson is a largely black city where 64.9 percent of residents are black, Crestwood’s black population is tiny, at just 1.3 percent. Wilson previously worked in nearby Jennings, where the black population is 86.1 percent.
Wilson has policed two cities with majority black working class populations. Cities that look nothing like the one he calls home.