The 'DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT REGARDING THECRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE SHOOTING DEATHOF MICHAEL BROWN BY FERGUSON, MISSOURI POLICEOFFICER DARREN WILSON' is basically an 86-page mea culpa on the part of the government to Officer Wilson, though it doesn't end with a recommendation for Wilson to be reinstated as an officer with the Ferguson Police Department.
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Attorney Neil Bruntrager says Wilson is pleased with what amounts to an “exoneration” from the DOJ.
“Well, obviously the reaction is one of relief,” Bruntrager says. “It’s been a long road for him. Now he needs to get on with his life.”Wilson, having resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on November 30, 2014 because of threats of violence to his fellow officers if he stayed on the force , will get no severance package from the city.
And though it was Michael Brown's decision to attack him on August 9th (attempting to murder him in the process) for doing his job that day Wilson lost the ability to perform the only job he ever wanted to do. [Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson Police Department, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11-30-14]:
Citing threats of violence, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, resigned from the Ferguson Police Department on Saturday.
Wilson, 28, whom a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict in connection with the shooting, had worked for the city’s police department for six years.
In a telephone interview Saturday evening, Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats that violence would ensue if he remained an employee.
“I’m resigning of my own free will,” he said. “I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
He said resigning was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
Wilson’s resignation, which was expected, comes after private talks between his representatives and the police department. The grand jury announced its decision in the case Monday.
Wilson’s resignation letter reads, in part:
“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.”