Famous or infamous Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson walked free last night after a grand jury announced he would not be indicted for the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, whom he shot and killed in August.
As riots over the decision lit up the sky from Ferguson to Oakland to New York City, Wilson finally broke his silence on the case in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Edited excerpts of the interview will air on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Tuesday and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will post on ABCNews.com tomorrow.
“I’ve spent over an hour at a secret location with officer Darren Wilson,” Stephanopoulos said. “I asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, ‘Would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?’ He said, ‘Absolutely not.’ He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.”
A relative of Wilson, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Daily Mail that the family now faces death threats, including phone messages that said, “We will kill you. We will burn your f***ing house down.”
The relative said Wilson’s motives were not based on Brown’s race: “There are some police out there who overdo their authority, but Darren isn't one of them. Darren is a good guy and he isn't racist. I can understand some of the anger. Racial profiling does happen but it didn't happen here.”
The relative added: “Darren shot Michael Brown that day because he was in fear of his life. It was Michael Brown or him. He shot him and he got to go home that day … Darren shot Michael Brown because he was a 300-pound, 6-foot-5 guy trying to beat that s*** out of him, trying to get his gun.”
Darren Wilson’s relative was happy with last night’s outcome: “The Grand Jury made the right decision. Darren did the right thing. He acted like a cop. What was he supposed to do? It was him or Michael Brown. I'm glad it was Darren who went home that night.”