Darren Wilson Will Not Receive Severance Pay After Resignation
Last night, (Nov. 29) Darren Wilson announced his resignation from the Ferguson police department. After escaping indictment for the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown, Wilson wrote in his resignation letter that his exit from the force “will allow the community to heal.” In a press conference today, Ferguson mayor James Knowles stated that Wilson will not receive any further pay or benefits.
"We are committed to rebuilding the city and to once again become a thriving community for economic development and residential stability," Knowles said, according to USA Today.
Remarking that Ferguson is making an effort to employ a more diverse police force, Knowles stated that the Ferguson police department intends to enact a police academy scholarship aimed at officers of color. Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the Brown family, remarked that he was not surprised by Wilson’s decision to resign.
"It was always believed that the police officer would do what was in his best interest, both personally and professionally," he said. "We didn't believe that he would be able to be effective for the Ferguson community nor the Ferguson Police Department because of the tragic circumstances that claimed the life of Michael Brown Jr."