Michael Brown Witness Dorian Johnson Now on Public Payroll

Dorian Johnson, whose story made a city burn, is now working for local government.

Dorian Johnson

I thought I was beyond shock. I was wrong. This is beyond unbelievable.

The man who caused disruption beyond measure across the country, and untold agony and destruction in his own hometown due to his demonstrably and verified false testimony… has been hired by the government.

Here’s a St. Louis Post-Dispatch headline: “Michael Brown witness Dorian Johnson hired to do work for city of St. Louis.”

Dorian Johnson, who rose to fame as a witness to Michael Brown’s fatal encounter with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has been hired to do work for the city of St. Louis.

Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city’s Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.

Officials said he is doing work for the city. The job, listed as a temporary position, pays about $8.50 an hour.

Rainford said Johnson met the low income eligibility requirements for the hiring.  

Johnson, 22, was with Brown at Ferguson Market and Liquor when Brown stole a box of Swisher Sweets cigarillos and shoved a store employee. Johnson was walking with Brown when they were stopped in the street by Wilson.

Johnson couldn’t be reached for comment. 

Officials have said Johnson will not be charged in connection with the cigarillo incident. While enrolled at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Johnson had a bench warrant issued against him on a misdemeanor theft charge.  

Yep, the taxpayers—perhaps the same taxpayers who lost their businesses—now have to pay his salary.

[See also, “The Tainted Testimony the Media Gave Us on Ferguson.”]

I suspect he is the perfect government employee.

To all my friends who work for government, I’m sorry… but this does not help your cause to rise above the stereotypes (often unfair) about you. This man should be facing a capital charge for his deeds, but now he’s on the payroll.

Good grief.