posted at 16:50
Author: Adario Strange
Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson police department
Following a week of sometimes violent protests after a St. Louis County grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Wilson has formerly announced his decision to resign from the police department. Wilson's attorney, Neil Bruntrager, confirmed the decision, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately," reads Wilson's resignation letter, provided by his attorney to the newspaper. "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." Although Wilson's resignation letter is presumably addressed to the Ferguson police department, its contents appear to simultaneously address the public. "For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign," Wilson continues. Wilson had been on administrative leave since the shooting, which occurred on August 9. The resignation is effectively immediately, and Wilson's attorney has announced that a press conference is being planned to offer further details.

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