The Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown had worked at a department that was disbanded
by authorities over racial tensions, the Washington Post reports.
Darren Wilson and the other officers at the Jennings, Missouri, police department lost their jobs three years ago. Wilson was a rookie cop at the time.
The newspaper described the old Jennings Police Department as "a mainly white department mired in controversy and notorious for its fraught relationship with residents, especially the African American majority... not an ideal place to learn how to police."
The city council deemed tensions between officers and black residents so bad that it was necessary to fire everyone and build a new, more credible department from scratch.
Some officers from the disgraced department reapplied for their jobs. Wilson got a job in Ferguson,
where he kept a clean disciplinary record and even earned a commendation. But that was all before the events that transpired earlier this month.