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Sun Nov 30, 2014, 02:08 PM

Ferguson police officer resigned on safety concerns, lawyer says

(Reuters) - The white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager to death this summer in a St. Louis suburb decided to resign from the force because of threats against fellow officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him, his lawyer said on Sunday."

*Wilson, who said he was acting in self-defense and that his conscience is clear, had been on administrative leave and in seclusion."

*Some critics now want Tom Jackson, Ferguson's police chief, to resign as well, to promote reconciliation in the St. Louis suburb, where most residents are black and the police force are mostly white.

"I think itís impossible for this community to move forward with him still in that role," said St. Louis Alderman Antonio French on ABC's "This Week."

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said they would pursue all legal avenues, including a potential wrongful death lawsuit and pushing for a "Michael Brown law" requiring police to wear body cameras to record incidents such as the Ferguson shooting.

"We want police officers who do have a conscience in our community, and not police officers who are cold as ice and see our children as demons and criminals," Crump said on "Face the Nation" on CBS."

Picture of Wilson at link seems to show he healed well from his vicious attack at the hands of Michael Brown..


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