Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson, last August, has resigned.
Wilson’s lawyer confirmed on Sunday that the policeman had quit his job, with immediate effect.
Darren Wilson, who had been on administrative leave since the killing, told a newspaper he did not want to put the lives of police colleagues at risk.
Resigning, Wilson reportedly said, was the “hardest thing” he had ever had to do.
Rioting rocked Ferguson and other towns this week after a jury decided he should not be charged over the killing.
The August 9th shooting in the St. Louis suburb, and the decision not to charge Wilson, triggered a nationwide debate over relations between black communities and law enforcement.