The officer at the centre of the series of protests hitting the United States all through this week has officially resigned from his position in the force.
Darren Wilson shot unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown in August this year, hitting the youth six times leading to his untimely death. It continued a spate of brutal police shootings against Black youth, including the recent unfortunate shooting of a 12 year old with a BB-gun.
The aftermath has seen bloody protests erupting all over Ferguson, Missouri; a situation that has intensified within the past week after a grand jury cleared Officer Wilson which meant he was not going to be facing charges. The protests also spread to other cities, notably New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.
Like George Zimmerman before him, the American legal system let a perpetrator off scot free despite everyone being in agreement a homicide has been committed.
Darren Wilson’s lawyer made the announcement of his resignation, with the Officer himself saying he had faced threats of violence if he stayed.
The official letter read…
“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.”