Friday, November 21, 2014

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign; grand jury decision nears

By Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
November 21, 2014 -- Updated 0636 GMT (1436 HKT)

Officer Darren Wilson to resign

Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on August 9
Sources: Wilson has told associates he would resign to protect his fellow officers

Wilson doesn't know what the grand jury will decide and could change his mind, sources say

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) -- As a grand jury gets closer to announcing its decision, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, sources close to the talks said.

The grand jury hearing evidence is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session. A decision on whether to charge Wilson in the death of the unarmed teen could come the same day, law enforcement officials have said.

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.