Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, says he has a “clean conscience” about the incident, The Independent reported Thursday.
Wilson told ABC News: “The reason I have a clean conscience is that I did my job right.”
The first part of Wilson’s first television interview was broadcast in the United States on Tuesday amid nationwide protests against a grand jury decision not to indict him in Brown’s death.
Wilson, 28, told ABC that when he confronted Brown and a friend for walking in the middle of the road, Brown attacked him as he sat in his patrol vehicle, grappling for control of his weapon.
The officer said he feared for his life because of Brown’s imposing stature.
“It was like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan,” said Wilson, who is 6 foot 4 inches tall.
Repeating his testimony to the grand jury, Wilson said that as they tussled and he threatened to shoot Brown, the 18-year-old told him, “You’re too much of a pussy to shoot me”.
After one shot went off inside the vehicle, Brown ran away. Wilson gave chase, he said, but Brown turned around and charged toward him.
Contrary to the claims of other witnesses, the newspaper said, Wilson insisted that Brown never raised his hands in surrender.
Wilson said he asked himself whether he could legally shoot Brown and concluded: “I have to – if I don’t, he will kill me when he gets to me.”
Wilson fired 12 shots in all. It was the first time he had ever fired his weapon since becoming a a police officer in 2009.
Saying he had simply followed his training, he told ABC he could not have done anything differently – and that he would have done the same if Brown had been white.
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