Police officer Darren Wilson has resigned following threats of violence made towards the Ferguson Police Department.
The 28-year-old handed in his resignation on Saturday reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Wilson told the newspaper that he resigned after being told that the police department had received threats that violence would occur if he remained part of the force.
“I’m resigning of my own free will,” he said.
“I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
Part of his statement reads as below:
“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.”
Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
Earlier this week, a grand jury declined to indict him over the shooting and reactionary chaos erupted in the city for a number of nights.
Wilson had worked for the city’s police department for six years.