Citing threats of violence, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Wilson, 28, whom a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict, had worked for the city's police department for six years. Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats that violence would ensue if he remained an employee. “I'm resigning of my own free will,” he said. “I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
He said resigning was “the hardest thing I've ever had to do.” Wilson's resignation, which was expected, comes after private talks between his representatives and the police department. Wilson, who was paid an annual salary of $45,302, said he has not received a severance package, although he said he may negotiate with the department in hopes of receiving one. He said he's been told he is not the target of any ongoing internal police investigation.