Less than a week after it was announced to the world that Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the August 9th, fatal shooting of 18 year old Mike Brown, he announced his resignation from the Ferguson Police Department.
Neil Bruntrager, one of Wilson’s attorney stated that the resignation will be effective immediately. Bruntrager also provided ABC News with a copy of Wilson’s statement, which you can read below.
“I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process.”
Wilson, who was on a paid leave and remained in seclusion until a recent interview with Good Morning America where he admitted “I wanted to stay on the road for 30 years and then retire as sergeant and have a retirement…I’m not sure it’s possible. I mean, you think they would accept me? You think it’d be safe for me?” Though at the time of this interview he had not announced his final decision about returning to the force, it seems that Wilson, an expecting father, had already made his decision in his mind.
But what’s the ex cop planning on doing for a career now?