25 August 2019
A protester demanding justice for Michael Brown faces a wall of riot police in Ferguson. Photo: Reuters
A protester demanding justice for Michael Brown faces a wall of riot police in Ferguson. Photo: Reuters

No severance pay for resigned Ferguson cop

A white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and sparked widespread rioting, received no severance payment when he resigned from the force.

Darren Wilson announced his resignation on Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers just days after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

“There will be no severance or extension of benefits for Darren Wilson following his resignation,” Ferguson mayor James Knowles told a news conference.

Knowles also outlined new incentives to bring more African-Americans into the Ferguson police force, according to Reuters.

Brown’s death galvanized critics of the way police and the criminal justice system treat African-Americans and other minority groups.

Protests in Ferguson have taken place for months and erupted into violence when the grand jury decided last Monday not to charge Wilson.

The protests have spread around the country and over the past week, there have been demonstrations in more than 100 cities around the country, on public roadways, in shopping malls and government buildings.

On Sunday, demonstrators temporarily shut down part of the busy Interstate 395 highway that runs through Washington D.C., police said. The protest lasted less than an hour as people formed a human chain to block traffic in both directions.

Anger spilled onto the playing field when the NFL’s St. Louis Rams played Oakland at home on Sunday. Some of the Rams entered the stadium with their hands raised overhead, a show of solidarity with Brown, who some witnesses say had his hands in the air when Wilson fired the fatal shots.

About 40 or 50 protesters blocked a street outside of Edward Jones Dome during the game. Two protesters were taken into custody.

Wilson, who said he was acting in self-defense and that his conscience is clear, had been on administrative leave and in seclusion since the incident, the report said.

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