During the discussion, Wilson shared his account of the series of events that led to the murder of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown. For the first time, Wilson publicly shared some of the details from the four-hour testimony he presented to the grand jury back in September.
Wilson also opened up about his state of mind going forward. Needless to say, his life has undergone drastic changes in wake of the highly-publicized case and the grand jury’s controversial decision. Then, of course, there are the riots that have overtaken the streets of Ferguson. Here’s a small excerpt from Wilson’s interview.
“He threw the first punch,” Wilson said. “I pulled my gun and said, ‘Get back or I’m going to shoot you.’ He grabbed the gun and said, ‘You’re too much of a p–sy to shoot me.'”
The 28-year-old officer also insisted that there was nothing he could have done different to prevent Brown’s death on August 9. Although many have questioned his actions on that particular day, he insists he was just doing his job and that he has a “clear conscience.”
Here’s another small excerpt of the conversation that took place between Wilson and Stephanopoulos:
Stephanopoulos: Is there anything you could have done differently that would have prevented that killing from taking place?
Stephanopoulos: Is it something that you think will always haunt you?
Wilson: I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened.
As of right now, Wilson is still on administrative leave from the Ferguson Police Department. However, his attorney Jim Towey recently set the record straight about the future of his career in law enforcement. According to KSDK, Wilson will not be returning to law enforcement although he is eligible for reinstatement. During the interview with Stephanopoulos, Wilson also expressed that he just wants his “normal life” back.
“Realistically speaking, Darren will never be a police officer again, and he understands that,” Towey said. “Going forward it will be school, and trying to carve out a new niche, new career, for he and his family.”
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