Darren Wilson Resigns From Ferguson Police Force

Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday.

Wilson, 28, had worked for the city's police department for six years. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Brown, prompting racially tinged protests and demonstrations in Ferguson and across the country. 

In a copy of his resignation letter released through his attorney, Wilson cited safety concerns as the impetus behind his resignation:

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 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 supports and fellow officers throughout this process.

Darren Wilson

The Associated Press reports, "Wilson began his career in nearby Jennings before moving to the Ferguson job a few years ago. He had no previous complaints against him and a good career record, according to Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who called Wilson 'an excellent police officer.' "

According to his attorney, Wilson will not receive pension benefits. However, Al Jazeera America notes that supporters of Wilson have managed to raise about $500,000, mostly to cover legal fees, although it's unclear how much of those funds Wilson will have access to.

After the shooting of Brown, Wilson spent months in hiding and made no public statements. Wilson finally broke his silence following the grand jury decision, telling ABC News that he had a "clean conscience" and he would shoot Brown again if put in the same situation.

Editors Note: Mar. 2, 2015 

An earlier version of this article failed to cite a passage from the Associated Press in accordance with Mic editorial standards. The article has been updated to properly attribute the language to the Associated Press.

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