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Ferguson Officer Who Killed Teen in Talks to Resign

By    |   Friday, 21 November 2014 12:14 PM

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, is in final discussions with city officials to tender his resignation, according to CNN.

The discussions coincide with the final grand jury hearings into the death of the unarmed teenager, and a decision could come Friday, the same day the jury delivers its verdict about a possible indictment for Brown's death.

Wilson has not admitted fault but has reportedly told people close to him that he would resign to relieve the pressure on his police unit and the community.

He has so far resisted doing so while the case proceeds for fear it would be seen as an admission of guilt.

The talks, however, could ultimately collapse, particularly if the jury returns charges.

Wilson killed Brown on Aug. 9, sparking days of protests in Ferguson calling for his arrest.

He is currently on paid administrative leave, and authorities would require he undergo two psychological evaluations should he want to return to duty.

If the grand jury makes a decision on Friday, prosecutors are expected to give law enforcement 48 hours notice before making a public announcement, CNN reported, though the date of the planned grand jury session is still subject to change.

Some observers are predicting that more violence could erupt when the grand jury's decision is announced. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has already declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure to head off possible violence.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has said his police force is prepared to deal with possible unrest.

"We've had three months to prepare. … Acts of violence will not be tolerated," Dotson said, according to CNN. "Our intelligence is good. Our tactics are good. We can protect lawful people and at the same time arrest criminals."

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, is in final discussions with city officials to resign, although if a grand jury indicts him, he might change his mind, CNN reports.
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