The mood in Ferguson is still tense in spite of Darren Wilson’s resignation from the city’s police force on Saturday. There were mixed reactions as some residents said he should have taken this step months ago, while others wished him well in his future endeavors. Darren found himself in the spotlight after shooting an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson in August.
Darren Wilson’s lawyer, Neil J. Bruntrager, said Wilson chose to resign so as to minimize the risk for confrontation between Ferguson residents and the town’s police force. In the letter, Wilson wrote that he had put off his resignation in order to wait for the grand jury’s decision.
On the night of Wilson’s resignation, The New York Times reported that shots were fired around the Ferguson police station on Saturday. Police searched for bullet casings around City Hall. USA Today reported that demonstrators burnt an American flag outside Ferguson Police Headquarters.
N.A.A.C.P St Louis chapter official Adolphus Pruitt said Darren’s resignation was one of the demands the demonstrators wanted fulfilled. He said that it was one of the steps needed to overhaul the city’s law enforcement procedures.
The mood still remains tense in Ferguson in spite of Darren Wilson’s resignation from the police force on Saturday. Ferguson resident Alicia Street said the protesters wanted an indictment, and would continue to push for one.
Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that Darren’s decision to resign came too late. She said a lot of pressure on the streets could have been minimized had he resigned months ago. She tweeted that his resignation was inconsequential as there were more significant issues to address.
Others expressed support for Wilson. Reed Vorhees, who also lives in Ferguson, wished him well, and hoped that he would enjoy life working in law enforcement in future.
Victoria Rutherford, who lives near the police headquarters, said that Wilson should have been convicted of a crime. She said she has a 16-year-old son who could have been Michael Brown.
The social media provided a forum for views from other parts of the world as well. Sonia Faleio from New Delhi, India, tweeted that only in America do killers escape jail time, quit their jobs, and get a severance package.
Some Ferguson residents also want the city’s police Chief Tom Jackson to resign. They say this will help bring about reconciliation in a city where the majority of the police officers are white in a predominantly black suburb. Antonio French, Alderman in St. Louis, told ABC This Week that he believed it will be impossible for the community to heal with Jackson still leading the police force.
The mood is still filled with tension in Ferguson in spite of Darren Wilson’s resignation from the police force last Saturday. Benjamin Crump, attorney for Brown’s family, said they were considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit. They are also considering asking legislators to pass a law requiring police officers to use body cameras. Speaking on CBS Face the Nation, Crump said that he hoped that the police force would recruit a police team that did not view children as criminals as demons, but officers who had a conscience.
By Benedicto Ateku