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Ferguson officer Darren Wilson resigns

Wilson, 28, who has been on administrative leave since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on 09 August 2014, was not indicted by a grand jury in the shooting, sparking nationwide protests over relations between black communities and law enforcement.
Wilson, 28, who has been on administrative leave since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on 09 August 2014, was not indicted by a grand jury in the shooting, sparking nationwide protests over relations between black communities and law enforcement. EPA - St Louis County Prosecutors

THE police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the U.S.

Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said. He declined further immediate comment but said he would release more details Saturday night.

The attorney for the Brown family, Benjamin Crump, did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

Wilson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper he was stepping down out of his "own free will" after the police department told him it had received threats of violence if he remained an employee.

"I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me," he told the newspaper.

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