Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson cop says resigning was 'hardest thing to do'

Days after he was acquitted in Michael Brown shooting case, Darren Wilson, the white cop from Ferguson, submitted his resignation keeping in mind the “safety of other police officers” as the police department had received several threats, reports quoted his attorney as saying on Sunday.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Nov 30, 2014, 16:30 PM IST
Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson cop says resigning was 'hardest thing to do'

Ferguson: Days after he was acquitted in Michael Brown shooting case, Darren Wilson, the white cop from Ferguson, submitted his resignation keeping in mind the “safety of other police officers” as the police department had received several threats, reports quoted his attorney as saying on Sunday.

The verdict by Missouri Grand Jury of not charging the 28-year-old police officer for shooting the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9 had aggravated protests in Ferguson and several US cities.

Wilson who had taken administrative leave since the incident on shooting on August 9, said he waited till the verdict announcement to resign.

According to a local newspaper St Louis Post-Dispatch, that published Darren Wilson's resignation letter, the white cop resigned of his "own free will".

 "I'm resigning of my own free will. I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me," the report quoted him as saying.

The cop reportedly added that though he wanted to continue but he resigned as the “safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me”.

The fatal August 9 shooting of a black unarmed teenager named Michael Brown by a white policeman named Darren Wilson in Missouri's Ferguson had sparked weeks of violence and unrest in the town besides raking up the sensitive issue of racial bias against the blacks.

What reignited the riots in Ferguson last night was the ruling by grand jury that acquitted the white police officer Darren Wilson and did not charge him over Michael Brown's shooting.

The ruling left the family of Michael Brown disappointed and evoked widespread protests across dozens of US cities against what is being assumed as the excessive use of force against blacks by white cops.

Michael Brown's parents also lambasted the prosecutors for having crucified their son's character by demonising him.

The devastated parents of the slain teenager Michael Brown were shell-shocked over the white police officer Darren Wilson's account of his altercation with their son.

 

Talking to the NBC news, father of the slain black teenager, branded the officer's account as crazy saying, “who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn? It sounds crazy."

Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, too, speaking on NBC's "Today" show, said that Wilson's statements were like "insult after injury".

However, in his first public comments made in an interview to the ABC news, the 28-year-old white cop stood by his act of shooting Michael Brown, saying he had a “clear conscience” as he knew that he “did his job right”.

On being asked if anything he could have done differently that could have been done to avoid the shooting, the cop answered “nothing”.

Defending his act, he had described Michael Brown as “very powerful” like a demon and claimed that he had come charging at him and grabbed his gun which forced him to shoot at him.