Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson Police Department
This isn’t all that unexpected, but here you go. Darren Wilson is no longer a police officer.
from St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Citing threats of violence, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday. Wilson, 28, whom the grand jury declined to indict in connection with the shooting, had been employed by the city’s police department for six years.
In a telephone interview Saturday evening, Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats that violence would ensue if he remained an employee.
“I’m resigning of my own free will,” he said. “I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
He said resigning was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
Wilson’s resignation, which was expected, comes after private talks between his representatives and the police department. The grand jury announced its decision in the case Monday.
Wilson’s resignation letter reads, in part:
“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.”
It’s a little off topic, but I’d like to say again that a simple vest camera would have settled all the questions and controversy definitively, regardless of what actually happened in Ferguson. Had Darren Wilson been wearing a vest camera that day, he would likely still have a job, and America would have forgotten about Ferguson already. Either that, or he’d be in jail right now because the camera would be proof had he actually used more force than necessary. One major positive that has come from the Ferguson madness has been that the police force there has committed to begin wearing vest cameras.
“Why did Briggs need two of us to watch Toros?” / “I don’t know. Stakeout’s usually a two-man job, right?” / “You’re saying you couldn’t do this alone?” / “I like having you here.” / “Johnny, Briggs didn’t want us here to watch Toros.” / “God damn it, man. You better be right, Mike.” “You still got any room for the benefit of the doubt, man? ‘Cause I could sure use some right about now.” / “If you had a problem you couldn’t fix, wouldn’t you just try to eliminate the problem?” / “I’m going in.” / “We just got to call a team first, okay? No matter how good your shot is, or mine, that guy is better.” / “Don’t know why you got me in this shit, Mike, man.” “We got to go now.” / “What do we do?” / “Take half the team, follow him, take him down.” / “What about Briggs? Ah, damn it. All right, B team, come with me.“ / “Alpha, you’re with me. Suspect Agent Paul Briggs may be armed and dangerous. We may have a body.”
Very Abridged Gifland3.09: John & Mike’s Totally Not Excellent Adventures
Mike tugged at his vest idly. He had been invited to drink with Ryder at his place, and he was more than ready to unwind. Mike knocked on Ryder’s door and brushed his hands on his red skinny jeans. He happened to think he looked pretty good today. “Ryder! It’s Mike! That pizza better be awesome.” He called. Mike would metaphorically kill him if he had eaten all the pizza.