Officer Darren Wilson resigned today from the Ferguson Police Department less than a week since he was cleared by a grand jury in the shooting death of robber Michael Brown.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported:
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Citing security fears, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, has resigned from the police department.
Wilson, 28, who on Monday was cleared by a grand jury investigating the shooting, had been a member of the city’s police department for six years.
Neil Bruntrager, Wilson’s attorney, said a news conference is being planned.
Wilson’s resignation letter reads:
“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.”