Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown May Resign

Darren Wilson in talks as grand jury decision nears
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2014 3:59 AM CST
Ferguson Cop in Talks to Resign
In this Feb. 11, 2014, file image from video provided by the city of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson.   (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)

With a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case believed to be imminent—and the National Guard activated—the officer who shot the unarmed teenager is in talks over quitting the Ferguson, Mo., police force, sources say. Darren Wilson maintains that he didn't do anything wrong, but he says he wants to protect his colleagues, and the resignation talks have centered on whether or not the grand jury returns an indictment against him, sources tell CNN. The grand jury meets to deliberate today, and a police union official says that Wilson seems confident that he will not face charges.

"It's fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment," the union official tells the AP, though he stresses that was only his impression after meeting with Wilson and neither the officer nor his lawyers said what they expected from the grand jury. In Ferguson, meanwhile, even the churches are preparing for civil unrest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Many churches are preparing to offer safe spaces during demonstrations, providing food and water to those seeking sanctuary. Some clergy members also believe churches should remain police-free zones during any protests unless there's an emergency. (More Darren Wilson stories.)

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