Wife of Ferguson police officer fears for her family's safety

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Wife Of Ferguson Police Officer Fears For Her Family's Safety


FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Wives and children of many police officers are in virtual hiding, as some face assault and death threats. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes talked with the wife of a Ferguson officer who said she's not leaving town, because she fears people aren't hearing the whole truth about her husband's department.

During the spring of 2014, the City of Ferguson commissioned a study to find out what residents thought about City services, including the Ferguson Police Department. It's data that some fear could be met with threats of violence, at a time when police families are already telling their sons and daughters, "Don't tell anyone you're the child of a police officer."

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FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: A protestor is arrested during demonstrations in front of the Ferguson Police Department as part of continued demonstrations in regards to the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, on November 19, 2014. People are waiting for the grand jury decision in the case of 18 year-old black teenager shot and killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: Protestors block the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department as part of continued demonstrations in regards to the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, on November 19, 2014. People are waiting for the grand jury decision in the case of 18 year-old black teenager shot and killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: A protestor bangs a wash bin in front of the Ferguson Police Department as part of continued demonstrations in regards to the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, on November 19, 2014. People are waiting for the grand jury decision in the case of 18 year-old black teenager shot and killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street outside the police station on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: Police confront demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside the police station on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: Police confront demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside the police station on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: St. Louis artist Damon Davis (R) installs posters from his Push Forward Project with the help of Michael Skolnik on a boarded up business along West Florissant Street on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Many businesses along West Florissant have been boarded up as building owners fear another outbreak of rioting may occur when the grand jury reaches a decision in the Michael Brown case. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. Several weeks of sometimes violent protests broke out in Ferguson following the shooting. The grand jury decision is expected this month. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 18: A memorial setup for Michael Brown is seen at the site of his death on Canfield Dr. in Ferguson, on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (L) shakes hands with businessman Richard McClure and Minister Starsky Wilson (C) after announcing them as the co-chairs of a 16-member Ferguson Commission on November 18, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 16 member commission is being brought together to study issues that have arisen since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 18: A memorial setup for Michael Brown is seen at the site of his death on Canfield Dr. in Ferguson, on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown across from the police station on November 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Protestors and police officers face off on South Florissant Rd. during a protest on November 19, 2014 outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, MO. The governor of the US State of Missouri declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a black teenager, 18 year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a white police officer. Many fear an outbreak of violence if the St. Louis County grand jury fails to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August 9th shooting death. AFP PHOTO / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 18: A memorial setup for Michael Brown is seen at the site of his death on Canfield Dr. in Ferguson, on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 19: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street outside the police station on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 18: A memorial setup for Michael Brown is seen at the site of his death on Canfield Dr. in Ferguson, on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 18: A memorial setup for Michael Brown is seen at the site of his death on Canfield Dr. in Ferguson, on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown across from the police station on November 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17 : Protesters march through the streets of Clayton, Mo during a protest in Clayton, Missouri on November 17, 2014. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2014 and activated the National Guard ahead of a looming grand jury decision. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17 : Protesters march through the streets of Clayton, Mo during a protest in Clayton, Missouri on November 17, 2014. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2014 and activated the National Guard ahead of a looming grand jury decision. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17 : Protesters march through the streets of Clayton, Mo during a protest in Clayton, Missouri on November 17, 2014. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2014 and activated the National Guard ahead of a looming grand jury decision. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17 : Protesters march through the streets of Clayton, Mo during a protest in Clayton, Missouri on November 17, 2014. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2014 and activated the National Guard ahead of a looming grand jury decision. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 17 : Office workers look out as demonstrators march through the streets of Clayton, Mo during a protest in Clayton, Missouri on November 17, 2014. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, 2014 and activated the National Guard ahead of a looming grand jury decision. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The police wife said, "We don't have answers for them" as she broke down. Then she continued, "It's very frightening. Most people who have a family member who's a police officer are very proud of what they do."

She remains proud, in hiding. We protected her identity for her safety. She continued, "This is real and people actually do know how to find us and they do want to harm us."

She's received many strange calls, including this message, just before I met her, (Unknown caller) "Would you rather hear me coming out, coming out and robbing your house? And it would be like, it'd just be like silence man, you couldn't hear nothing."

She talked about looking over her shoulder, "Did they follow me here? Did I do a good enough job after work today of taking different routes, on my way home. Just letting my younger daughter leave the house ..."

She says some families are leaving town. She says she's decided to stay for Ferguson Police officers, but also for Ferguson residents, who ranked the police department as one of the best city services.

It's in a survey no one's talked about, headed by a Professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis. It's from May of 2014, before any unrest, when the City of Ferguson wanted to know what residents thought about annexing an area north of 270.

Researchers asked registered voters and 61 percent of them said they believed Ferguson was "moving in the right direction." Then citizens ranked city services, putting police third after the fire department and trash service (above six other departments like "code enforcement" and "streets," at the bottom).

When you break it down by ward, even the area surrounding Canfield where Michael Brown died, 69% of those residents rated Ferguson Police good or excellent. Only 4% scored Ferguson police as poor.

The police wife fears the public is not hearing everything. When people complained about militarization of police, she said it wasn't Ferguson police with the heavy gear. She said, "They didn't have the equipment they needed." Not even helmets, until families pooled their money to buy them.

Now she wonders if the Department of Justice also only hears those screaming loudest. She added, "Well, it appears the DOJ made up their mind before they ever got started." She continued, "I'm very worried about what's going to happen to the citizens and what's going to happen to the businesses and what's going to happen to the police officers. This is a good community with a long history and they love their community."

Ferguson mayor James Knowles said the Department of Justice is aware of the UMSL study. He said he's open to any help his town can get with reforms. The council has already eliminated the "tow release fee," which we exposed in a recent Fox Files investigation. Ferguson eliminated the fee September 25th. Some towns add a fee of $500.

Ferguson Police families continue raising money for police helmets, through an organization called Helmets for Heroes.

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