Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown, has reportedly resigned from the police force effective immediately.
The details surrounding the shooting and events leading up to Brown’s death have saturated the media since August, when Wilson was put on administrative leave, and the nation has been riveted by the events in the streets of Ferguson, where riots were reported after the grand jury’s decision last week not to file criminal charges against Wilson.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Wilson’s resignation letter, in which he says that his decision to leave is based partly on his fear for the safety of his fellow officers.
“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,” Wilson reportedly wrote.
Brown was unarmed at the time of the police confrontation, but Wilson maintains that he wouldn’t change the events of that day if he could go back and told ABC News, “I know I did my job right.” Wilson says he was fearful for his life when Brown allegedly hit him and went for his gun.
The grand jury’s decision was met with anger and shock by many in the Ferguson community, and protests have been taking place around the country in response. The Brown family have said they don’t believe justice has been served for them.
“It’s probably in his best interest to sever his ties with the Ferguson community, as well as the Ferguson police department. I think this incident has severely compromised his ability to police in the way he was paid to do by the city,” said Anthony Gray, an attorney representing the Brown family.