Report: Darren Wilson In Talks To Resign; Union Expects No Indictment
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Just before 11pmEST, CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, is in the final stages of negotiations with the Ferguson Police Department to resign, based on CNN’s sources “close to the talks.” A brief summary in CNN’s home page Breaking News banner was all that was known until about 11:10pm:
Wilson maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in the death of Brown, people close to the talks said.
Wilson has told associates he would resign as a way to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers. Wilson has expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.
Wilson could announce as soon as Friday his plans to resign, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment.
The talks could still collapse, these people said. Wilson doesn’t know what the grand jury will do and if they return charges he could change his mind.
This follows on the heels of a CBS News report that Wilson’s union does not expect the officer to be indicted:
The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not appear to expect criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.
Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked tense and occasionally violent protests and drew national attention.
Wilson has been under a lot of pressure and stress but appeared confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.
“It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda said, offering his impression of the situation based on the meeting with Wilson.