Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson has resigned from the police department. His resignation comes five days after the grand jury voted not to indict him for the shooting murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. According to a report posted by CNN which was posted on Nov. 29, Officer Wilson wasn’t forced to resign and didn’t want to resign but decided to do so after the department notified him that they were getting threats of violence stating something would be done to them if he stayed on as an officer of theirs. According to Officer Wilson, it was the hardest thing he decided to do. As a matter of fact, he said, “I’m resigning of my own free will. I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
This is what his resignation letter stated:
“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.”
Although Officer Wilson had been a police officer for the Ferguson police department for six years now, he had been put on paid administrative leave after the shooting happened. However, since his resignation the chief of police, Tom Jackson had nothing to say to the Post Dispatch. Apparently, Officer Wilson is not receiving a severance package either.
According to a report by rt.com, although Officer Wilson says he has a clear conscious, he knows if he remains a police officer he will be endangering his life as well as his fellow officers’ lives. Also, according to his lawyer, Wilson has been hiding since just a few days after the shooting of the teen occurred. Apparently, he was cutting his grass one day when someone called him to tell him that his home address was being forwarded to everyone online. Ever since this phone call, he left the grass he was cutting because people were threatening his life and there were actually bounties on his head.
What do you think about the news of Officer Wilson deciding to resign? Do you think he really does have a clear conscious? Do you think he should have resigned because of the threats on him and the entire police department? Sound off with your opinion in the comments section below.