On Saturday evening, Darren Wilson released a brief statement announcing he was resigning from his position with the Ferguson police department, effective immediately.
Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. 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. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process.”
After shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 10, Wilson was put on paid administrative leave. In addition, supporters have raised more than half a million dollars for him. On Monday, a grand jury failed to indict Officer Wilson on any counts related to Brown’s death.
Here’s what some top Twitter users after the announcement: