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Darren Wilson Resigns from Ferguson Police Department

Darren WilsonDarren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown earlier this year, has resigned from the suburban St. Louis department.

Wilson resigned out of “security fears,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

On Monday, a grand jury declined to indict the 28-year-old officer in connection with the August 9 shooting death of Brown, who was 18. Although it is incredibly rare for a grand jury to refuse to indict, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCullough has a long a controversial history of siding with police and was not convinced that the evidence in the Brown case warranted a trial.

The grand jury, composed of nine whites and three blacks, agreed, and its decision sparked demonstrations both locally and nationwide, some of them violent, by mostly African Americans outraged by what many of them perceive as a system which fails to punish white officers who shoot and kill unarmed black men and boys.

Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, announced his client’s resignation in Saturday. An accompanying letter by Wilson read:

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 had been on administrative leave since the Brown shooting. The six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department, who in a post-grand jury interview with ABC News said he had a clear conscience because “I know I did my job right,” is still under civil rights investigation by the US Justice Department.

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