Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Resigns Less Than a Week After Grand Jury Decision

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After 3 years in the police department, the white officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned.

Less than a week after the grand jury announcement, Darren Wilson has resigned from the Ferguson police department, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It was my hope to continue in police work but the safety of other officers and the community are of paramount importance to me,” Wilson said. “It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal.”

Wilson, 28, has been working for the Ferguson police department since 2011. In his letter of resignation, Wilson says he’s resigning of his own free will and that this is the “hardest thing he’s ever had to do.” 

The people of Ferguson have been calling for Wilson to step down or be fired since the night in August when he shot and killed unarmed Black teen Michael Brown. Still, some protesters are not satisfied with Wilson’s resignation believing it to be too little, too late.

“It doesn’t even have the same impact that it would have months ago,” said Patricia Bynes, the committeewoman for the Ferguson township. “It would have relieved a lot of anger and the pressure in the streets. It’s been almost infuriating to get to this point and nothing has changed. There was no accountability and sense of responsibility for what has happened.”

Other protesters are still looking for an indictment.

“We want an indictment and we’re still going to stand for that,” 29-year-old Alicia Street told the New York Times.

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