Ferguson, Missouri – Officer Darren Wilson, the Caucasian male who shot and killed Michael Brown while in the line of duty, is negotiating a resignation from the police force. Sources say that his looming resignation is without regard to whether the Grand Jury decides whether to indict him. Officer Wilson maintains his innocence in connection to the August 9 killing of Brown who was initially portrayed as “the Gentle Giant” that never harmed anyone. Video later surfaced of him robbing and assaulting a convenience store owner minutes before the fatal confrontation with police. His toxicology report revealed a level of marijuana in his blood which was sufficiently high to impair his judgment if he were to have been behind the wheel of a car.
Nevertheless, the racial flames that were fanned by outside groups who framed the incident as classic racially motivated police brutality has made Officer Wilson a pariah and lightning rod for the city’s police force. Wilson hopes that by leaving the department, he can help ease the scrutiny his brothers in the police force are facing. The grand jury decision is due any day now. This has prompted the governor of Missouri to declare a state of emergency to both protect the right of citizens to protest and the safety and property of all residents against rioting.
Michael Brown Sr. released a video tape yesterday asking for calm regardless of the grand jury’s decision. He explained that to seek violence would make the death of his son a life lost in vain. He stated that his family continues to suffer as does the entire region of the state. He also expressed gratitude for the support to end racial profiling and police brutality. Thus far, the evidence that has come forward does not indicate that his son died of either of those causes.
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