According to reports, now-former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson is currently being provided with personal security from members of the St. Louis police union. A top union official told USA Today that the protection would continue “indefinitely.”
The security measure, while unusual, comes amidst increasing tensions in Ferguson following the grand jury decision not to indict Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Jim Pasco, executive director of St. Louis’ Fraternal Order of Police, said that the unique circumstances of the case and the often violent and destructive protests that have come in the wake of the indictment decision justify the need for special security for Wilson.
“I don't know how he can live a normal life,'' Pasco said. “We'll work with him as long as necessary.” Neil Bruntrager, attorney for Wilson, acknowledged that the arrangement is “very unusual, but point me to a case like this one.” Bruntrager said that Wilson’s resignation was the result of ongoing threats to himself and to other officers at the Ferguson Police Department.
Wilson explained in his statement of resignation, obtained by KSDK News, that remaining with Ferguson police “may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk,” and such a risk was “a circumstance that I cannot allow.”
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“It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of the paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal,” Wilson’s statement read.
Bruntrager has yet to comment on the specific details of the security arrangement.