Officer Darren Wilson, at the eye of the current storm of controversy regarding the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, has officially resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.
Despite being noticeably absent in the four month’s since Brown’s death, after a grand jury decided not to pursue any charges he emerged to give his first interview in which he expressed “I wanted to stay on the road for 30 years and then retire as sergeant and have a retirement, that’s all that I wanted.”
In a resignation letter distributed by his lawyer, Wilson has provided the following statement:
“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.”