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‘Not a question of if … but when’: Darren Wilson in talks to leave Ferguson PD

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(CNN) — Officer Darren Wilson is in talks to leave the Ferguson Police Department and may give up being an officer altogether, after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Wilson’s lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, confirmed late Wednesday what CNN originally reported last week, citing people close to the talks.

“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Bruntrager told CNN’s Don Lemon late Wednesday.

“He’s on paid leave and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion,” he said.

Bruntrager said Wilson may put his police officer days behind him.

“Realistically, he can’t go back to being a police officer. He knows that. There’s no illusion about any of this. But it’s the way in which he leaves … that’s important to him on different levels.”

Last week, CNN reported that Wilson told associates he would resign as a way to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers.

According to people close to the talks, the negotiation talks hinged on whether a grand jury returned an indictment against him.

Wilson had expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.

Brown’s shooting sparked sometimes violent demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb in the days following the August 9 incident and again this week after a grand jury announced Monday that it would not charge Wilson. Protests against the decision spread in cities nationwide.

Wilson has said he killed the 18-year-old out of fear for his life during their encounter. Wilson maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong.

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4 comments

  • butch42

    the man’s career is ruined for doing his duty but being found ‘guilty’
    in a mass media frenzy.
    how does he get his life back?
    there should be a fund started to contribute to his support in the immediate future.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    so where will this cop go next ? guess he will stay but not on the streets . where will he liveat now ? everyone knows where he lives or will know so where will he hide at ? oh well just look at all the trouble he cost . maybe that city should pay for the cost of all the clean up from other cities . then why do cops shoot to kill for ? now how many BLACK cops shoot WHITE PEOPLE ? when was the last time you ever heard of a BLACK cop shooting a white person ?

  • Kit

    The Ferguson Police Dept needs to hire more minority officers to better represent the local community. None of this would have happened if Wilson was a person of color.