Darren Wilson, the cop whose fatal encounter with Michael Brown in Ferguson touched off weeks of protests, is no longer a police officer.
As expected, Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, his lawyer confirmed.
His resignation letter reads:
"I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. 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. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process."
A grand jury declined to indict Wilson for killing Brown, which the officer claimed happened after Brown assaulted him and reached for his gun this summer. Riots raged in Ferguson after the grand jury decision.
Wilson had remained in hiding after Brown's death, emerging only after the grand jury's decision. In an interview with ABC, he defended using deadly force, expressed no remorse and said he'd handle a similar encounter the same way again.
Wilson never used his gun prior to shooting Brown.