Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot teenager Mike Brown, has resigned from the Ferguson police force.
Wilson’s resignation comes five days after a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting declined to indict the police officer. He has been on administrative leave since the shooting.
Since the grand jury decision handed up Monday not to indict Wilson, 28, there have been renewed demonstrations in every major city across the United States, protesting the failure to charge him.
The resignation later reads:
“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.”