Ongoing tensions which spiked since the grand jury announcement to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson are reportedly reignited for some. Others are receiving it as a stepping stone to moving beyond the infamous August 2014 incident. The tendered resignation of Wilson was submitted via his attorney and widely publicized. Within the context of Wilson’s resignation language was verbiage claiming his resignation was of his own volition and not a pressured decision compelled by external sources or his department’s administration.
A Wall Street Journal report said Wilson included language in his resignation letter alluding to being informed his department has received threats, jeopardizing the entire police force if he were to remain a Ferguson law enforcement officer.
According to a CNN report, a protestor in Ferguson, Monica Chambers, stated of Wilson’s resignation: “He’s 112 days too late. He should have been fired on Day One.” The NY Daily News reported commentary made by Al Sharpton, decrying the grand jury’s decision to decline indictment of Darren Wilson. Sharpton, who accompanied the parents of Michael Brown during the church services a day after Wilson’s resignation announcement, labeled Wilson’s resignation “a distraction.”
To a crowded church congregation, Sharpton declared: “It wasn’t about Darren Wilson’s job, it was about Michael Brown’s justice.”
Conversely, a press release from the organization “Support Officer Darren Wilson” collected $1 million and publicized its intent to donate every single dollar to Wilson’s family sustenance, according to YoungConservatives.com. Now officially unemployed, and a newlywed with a Ferguson cop who is pregnant with their first child, Wilson is positioned to need financial support.
Police officers are customarily protected and represented by police union attorneys and officials when encountering conflict such as officer-involved shootings. Although some may oppose and feel Wilson’s resignation should have transpired sooner, it is within the context of Wilson’s union membership–and full of wisdom–to await the grand jury’s decision before resigning from the police force. As is the case in Tampa Bay-area law enforcement agencies and across the American landscape, inherent police union benefits are the result of paying dues into a fraternal organization.
The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police has advertised its full support of Darren Wilson.
Despite the persistent threats against his life, Wilson claims he wishes to teach others about his seemingly fateful experience, specifically pertaining to use-of-force tenets utilized by law enforcement, as was reported in a New York Times article.
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