It’s Official: Darren Wilson’s Letter Of Resignation
It’s official. The Ferguson police officer responsible for shooting Michael Brown dead on Aug. 9th, has resigned from the police department.
[su_center_ad]The 28-year-old has been on the force for six years.
According to the St. Louis-Dispatch, Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats of violence if he remained an employee.
“I’m resigning of my own free will,” he said. “I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
Although, someone did get hurt. A teenager is dead.
He said resigning was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
“This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do,” he added.
Wilson’s resignation letter reads via the Dispatch:
“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’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, said a news conference is in the works.
His attorney said he acted without receiving a severance package, although he said more talks may be held on that issue.
According to Bruntrager, he has been told there is no internal police investigation.
Wilson recently married another Ferguson police officer and the couple is expecting their first child.
“I’ve got to figure out what do we do now,” Wilson said tonight. “Right now I would not want to be a cop, but you never know. Only time will tell.”
We do not need police officers such as Darren Wilson on the force. While there is no justification for threats of any kind, it goes both ways. Michael Brown’s church was torched. It’s destroyed. So, it’s not a one way thing. Both sides are wrong if they threatened the other.
But, only one person walked out alive on August 9th. Only one man can mull over opportunities available to him. One of the people from August 9th can never have a child, get married, or start a career.
Only one family is mourning the loss of their loved one.
H/T: LL’s own (and a bestie of mine) @Mea_Mark with thanks. [su_csky_ad]