Darren Wilson To Retire From Police Work At Age 28
Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male, will never work again as a police officer.
Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, made the announcement this week, according to Agence France-Presse.
“There’s no way in the world he can go back to being a police officer,” Bruntrager explained.
“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Bruntrager noted.
“The first day he would be back on the street something terrible would happen to him or to someone that would be working with him,” the lawyer told CNN earlier, according to AFP.
“The last thing he wants is to put other police officers at risk,” he also said previously.
The attorney indicated that he remains in discussions concerning the terms under which Wilson will officially resign from the Ferguson police department. It’s not clear if the settlement will involve cash for Wilson.
Wilson shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. The officer said his action was in self-defense. After a lengthy investigative process, a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson on any criminal charges.
On Monday evening, a little over an hour after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch announced the grand jury’s no bill, incredibly intense violence bubbled up on Monday night in Ferguson. Police lost control of the same strip of W. Florissant that saw protests in August. Cars were burned. Local (largely minority-owned) businesses were looted and burned. (RELATED: Total Police Failure Brings Absolute Mayhem To Ferguson After Grand Jury Announcement)
In happier news for Wilson, he married a fellow Ferguson cop, Barbara Spradling, recently. Wedding bells chimed — so to speak — for the couple last month. A copy of the State of Missouri marriage license shows that Wilson, 28, and Spradling, 37, became lawfully wedded in the eyes of the state on Friday, Oct. 24. (RELATED: Love In A Time Of Hiding From An Angry Mob: Darren Wilson Gets Married)