Darren Wilson has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.
"I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately,” the letter notes.
Wilson, 28, shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 of this year. After three months of speculation regarding whether or not he would be indicted for the incident, a Missouri grand jury ultimately decided that there wasn’t evidence. That announcement was made this past Monday, and it was met with both cheers and jeers from across the world.
The past five days have seen countless protests and demonstrations within the United States and beyond, with critics suggesting Wilson should have been charged for what transpired. Wilson’s supporters, meanwhile, have steadfastly stood behind him, pointing to evidence showing that he was merely defending himself against someone who legitimately made him fear for his life.
The one thing that nobody has talked much about in the past few days is Wilson’s future. It seemed like all but a given that he would have to step down from his position as a police officer, but nothing official had come down – until today.
You can read Wilson’s full resignation letter, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, below:
"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 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. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process."