With a grand jury decision expected at any moment on whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, there are reports that the beleaguered officer is about to step down.
CNN reported Thursday night that sources close to the talks have said Wilson “is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign.”
Adding to the likelihood that a decision from the grand jury is imminent, the source said the talks were tied to the outcome of the grand jury investigation.
According to CNN:
Wilson maintains he has done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether a grand jury returns an indictment against him in Brown’s death, the sources said.
While Wilson has told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers, he’s expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.
The announcement on Wilson’s decision to resign could come as soon as Friday.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said last week that Wilson was eligible to return to duty if he is not charged in the death of Brown.
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