Darren Wilson, Officer in Ferguson Shooting, Resigns From Police Dept.
The white police officer cleared last week by a grand jury in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has resigned from the Police Department in Ferguson, Mo., his lawyer said on Saturday night.
The officer, Darren Wilson, who began his police career in a nearby suburb in 2009, submitted a resignation letter citing concerns about the safety of other police officers and residents here as among his reasons, according to the lawyer, Neil Bruntrager.
In the letter, which was published in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he also said he hoped that his resignation would “allow the community to heal.”
For months, some here had called for Officer Wilson to step down or be fired after the death of Michael Brown, 18, in August. The outcry continued after the unrest that followed and after the grand jury made its decision on Monday.