Darren Wilson Resigns From Police Force, Five Days After Lack Of Indictment For Killing Mike Brown
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot college-bound Michael Brown this past summer, has resigned from the police department. His attorney relayed the news to CNN, this evening. His resignation comes five days after a grand jury decided not to indict him for murdering Brown.
This news also comes after MSNBC’s investigation of the case, which found that assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh presented outdated evidence to the grand jury before Wilson testified. We previously reported that she used a statute from a 1979 law that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1985 stating the amount of force that is “permissible” when a police officer makes an arrest.
Alizadeh corrected herself for the court record (after Wilson testified) and shared the updated law with the grand jury but never explained the difference between the materials she presented them with:
One of the grand jurors asked Alizadeh if the Supreme Court law overrode the Missouri statute.
The most introductory law and government classes told us the answer to that question. Yes. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. And the assistant prosecutor, being an attorney herself, knows this. But instead of simply saying yes, she said.
“As far as you need to know, just don’t worry about that.”
And another prosecutor added, “We don’t’ want to get into a law class.”
And in case you’re wondering, Kathi Alizadeh never explained why the law was no longer in affect why the Supreme Court had overruled it, or the difference between the outdated law she gave them and the current one on the books. She just presented the current one, and left the grand jury to figure out the difference between the two.
Thankfully for the Brown family, the Justice Department plans to continue the investigation. The day after the lack of indictment was publicized, Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement via Justice.gov:
“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence. And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.”