*Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who had been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9, the day he shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown – who was unarmed – resigned Saturday, effective immediately. This, according to his lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, who declined further comment.
However, Wilson did speak with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and told the news outlet that he was quitting after the department being informed that it had received threats of violence if he stayed on the force.
“I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me,” Wilson told the newspaper Saturday.
Ferguson officials planned to make a statement on Wilson’s resignation Sunday, said Stephanie Karr, city attorney for Ferguson. Karr earlier this week said Wilson had been on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal police investigation.
So far there has been no comment from Brown’s parents.
“We were not after Wilson’s job,” Sharpton, who planned to preach Sunday at the St. Louis church where Brown’s funeral was held, added later in a written statement. “We were after Michael Brown’s justice.”
Brown’s parents were set to attend the Sunday service with Sharpton.
Meanwhile, the AP is reporting that Saturday night, more than 100 protesters gathered near police headquarters, where they were outnumbered by officers, following the news. At least one person was arrested after a brief standoff with officers, while others wearing white masks sat in a nearby street blocking traffic. Another protester burned an American flag. By midnight, only about two dozen protesters remained.
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