Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson resigns


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Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in a confrontation in August, has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department nearly four months after the confrontation that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Wilson, 28, had been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation was effective immediately, Bruntrager said.

"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,? Wilson said in a resignation letter released late Saturday.

 ?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,? the letter read.

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theyarecomingforyou

Good riddance.

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cork1958

Good riddance.

Why is that? What a lousy comment!  The guy did his job and has to pay like this for doing that!

 

Did the guy have any other choice in this thug infested city?

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Why is that? What a lousy comment!  The guy did his job and has to pay like this for doing that!

 

Did the guy have any other choice in this thug infested city?

Yeah he did his job and in that particular instance he didn't have any other choice. 

 

However its good that he left because now hopefully this won't be such a big subject and people will just forget about it.

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Arachno 1D

Be this good or not in the short term how is this to inspire confidence in any of the other officers serving in this area.If they are involved in a shooting are they to quite too and and uproot themselves and their family to another area because the job they spent many years training for makes them unemployable in that area?

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theyarecomingforyou

Good riddance.

Why is that? What a lousy comment!  The guy did his job and has to pay like this for doing that!

The job of the police is to protect and serve the community, something he cannot do given the widespread dissatisfaction with him. He provoked the confrontation with Michael Brown, resulting in an unnecessary death.

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The job of the police is to protect and serve the community, something he cannot do given the widespread dissatisfaction with him. He provoked the confrontation with Michael Brown, resulting in an unnecessary death.

He provoked the confrontation? Are you nuts? Brown had just strong armed a store and stole cigars, of all things, and attacked the employee at the store and then simply wouldn't comply with the officer when asked to stop so he could simply question him.

 

He DID protect and serve the community from a thug!

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He provoked the confrontation? Are you nuts? Brown had just strong armed a store and stole cigars, of all things, and attacked the employee at the store and then simply wouldn't comply with the officer when asked to stop so he could simply question him.

 

He DID protect and serve the community from a thug!

So the solution to dealing someone who "wouldn't comply" is to provoke a confrontation and kill them? Last time I checked being a thug doesn't carry a death sentence, even in the US.

 

Witness testimony states that Wilson told Brown to "get the f*** on the sidewalk", reversed his car to where they were and opened the door into Brown. It strikes me that there was no attempt made to contain the situation, only to escalate it. Even after that, Wilson had time to get into his car and avoid a confrontation?to call for backup?instead choosing to confront Brown and shoot him multiple times (including in the head). There was CCTV of the robbery and no-one was hurt in it, so there was no danger to the public - there was no need to force an encounter. Brown wasn't armed and there was nothing to suggest he was.

 

The issue to me is not whether Wilson feared for his life at the moment he fired the fatal shots but whether he created the situation in the first place, which I think is undoubtedly the case. Police tactics in the US are quite frankly disgraceful.

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The job of the police is to protect and serve the community, something he cannot do given the widespread dissatisfaction with him. He provoked the confrontation with Michael Brown, resulting in an unnecessary death.

yeah. you tell a cop off reach for his gun and threaten him and see how well it ends for you. i'm not waiting for the media to give a ###### that a cop killed a white guy. The only reason this became a big deal was because CNN brought the circus to town and magnified it's significance by a thousand. This has been nothing but CNN demonstrating the worst of gonzo journalism. ###### like this only belongs on crap sites like gawker.

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sigh.....

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AnotherITguy

But if it were the other way around, you know, it would get no media coverage, and there will be no protests. sigh... what are we coming to as a country?

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The job of the police is to protect and serve the community, something he cannot do given the widespread dissatisfaction with him. He provoked the confrontation with Michael Brown, resulting in an unnecessary death.

 

He provoked the confrontation? Where do you come up with this stuff?

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The job of the police is to protect and serve the community, something he cannot do given the widespread dissatisfaction with him. He provoked the confrontation with Michael Brown, resulting in an unnecessary death.

Brown provoked the whole series of events with his strongarm robbery of the store. Everything else flowed from that - he lit the fuse.

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AnotherITguy

But, But doc, he was talking about Jesus Christ that morning /s

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theyarecomingforyou

Brown provoked the whole series of events with his strongarm robbery of the store. Everything else flowed from that - he lit the fuse.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

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cork1958

Two wrongs don't make a right.

 

But the grand jury made it right! :)

 

Thank goodness for the judicial system, huh?

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The wrongs....

 

1. Brown stole cigarillos and strong armed the clerk.

2. Brown punched and reached for Wilson's gun.

 

Wilson.

 

1. Feared for his life and shot Brown.

 

I am not seeing your point theyarecomingforyou?

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The wrongs....

 

1. Brown stole cigarillos and strong armed the clerk.

2. Brown punched and reached for Wilson's gun.

 

Wilson.

 

1. Feared for his life and shot Brown.

 

I am not seeing your point theyarecomingforyou?

 

People like to create their own dramatic stories so they can complain these days.

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There was CCTV of the robbery and no-one was hurt in it, so there was no danger to the public - there was no need to force an encounter. Brown wasn't armed and there was nothing to suggest he was.

 

The issue to me is not whether Wilson feared for his life at the moment he fired the fatal shots but whether he created the situation in the first place, which I think is undoubtedly the case. Police tactics in the US are quite frankly disgraceful.

 

 

 

You cant assume someone is unarmed that will get you dead.There was no indication at the time he was not armed during the robbery so your talking with hindsight after the fact.A robber will always get met by an armed response and if the officer thinks they or the public are in danger they are well within their rights to fire at the suspect.

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