There is another St. Louis-area police officer named Darren Wilson, but he has nothing to do with the Michael Brown shooting.
Darren R. Wilson is a sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department and the head of the Ethical Society of Police.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced today that the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday is named Darren Wilson.
Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department is white. Wilson the St. Louis sergeant is black.
Darren R. Wilson said people started posting his photo to social media when the name was announced.
"I was getting hate messages. My children were getting hate messages," Wilson said in an interview USA TODAY Network.
In a Facebook post, the Ethical Society of Police wrote, "May I assure the world that this is not the President of the Ethical Society of Police's Sergeant Darren R. Wilson who is African-American, and happens to be an 18-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department. I'm sure additional clarification statements will be released immediately."
The society is an African-American organization that aims to "monitor and rectify the racial and ethical challenges that confront the St. Louis Police Department," according to its Facebook page.
The Darren Wilson named in the Brown shooting is a six-year veteran of the police force and has never had disciplinary action.
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