I just did my job: Cop who killed Ferguson teen
Unrest continued in Ferguson on Tuesday but it had a better night, as the police officer at the root of the protests, Darren Wilson, said in first public comments that he only did his job.world Updated: Nov 27, 2014 08:34 IST
Unrest continued in Ferguson Tuesday but it had a better night, as the police officer at the root of the protests, Darren Wilson, said in first public comments that he only did his job.
"I just did my job, I did what I was paid to do,” Wilson said in an interview to ABC news from an undisclosed location, speaking about the shooting for the first time publicly.
Asked if his response would have been the same if Michael Brown, an African American teenager, was white, the officer said, “Yes”. And maintained it when pressed.
"All I wanted to do was live, that was it," Wilson said about his actions that led to the fatal shooting of Brown. He added he was what people were trying to portray him to be.|
He was not racist, and never had a racial encounter.
Violent protests erupted on Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting the 18-year-old Brown August 9.
Rioters burnt building, smashed police cars and looted stores in Ferguson soon after the announcement. Protests took place elsewhere in the country too, but minus reported violence.
Tuesday night was quieter. “I think generally it was a much better night,” St. Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said.
Wilson, who continues to be under investigation, said he chose to remain silent despite all that was being said about him because he wanted to retain the integrity of the case.
He said he is just a “simple” and “normal guy”, whose lifelong ambition was to retire after 30 years in police service as a sergeant. That’s all he ever wanted to do.
Some commentators found him cold and responses “coached”.
To Brown’s parents angry response to the grand jury decision, Wilson said, “Those are grieving parents, who are mourning their son.
When asked what would be say to them, he said, “I am sorry their son lost his life.”
First Published: Nov 26, 2014 23:17 IST