Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown, is reportedly in talks with the Ferguson Police Department to resign. The police union believes he will not be charged for the teen’s shooting. Here’s a brief summary from CNN:
Wilson maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in the death of Brown, people close to the talks said.
Wilson has told associates he would resign as a way to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers. Wilson has expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.
Wilson could announce as soon as Friday his plans to resign, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment.
The talks could still collapse, these people said. Wilson doesn’t know what the grand jury will do and if they return charges he could change his mind.
CBS News reported that the police union does not expect Darren Wilson to be indicted, only to deny making the comments:
The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not appear to expect criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.
Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked tense and occasionally violent protests and drew national attention.
Wilson has been under a lot of pressure and stress but appeared confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.
“It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda said, offering his impression of the situation based on the meeting with Wilson
Local law enforcement has asked that they be given 48 hours notice before the grand jury decision is released. The decision is expected on Friday but may not be public until Sunday to accommodate for the 48-hour request. Either way, if Darren Wilson isn’t indicted there will be hell in Ferguson. I’m just saying….