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Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson sat down with ABC News amid protests after Monday’s announcement that a grand jury would not indict him for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Wilson says he has a clear conscience of the event.“The reason I have a clean conscience is ’cause I know I did my job right.”
Wilson goes on to say it was Brown who was the aggressor after he asked to to walk on the sidewalk versus the middle of the street. It was after Wilson saw Brown with cigars in his hand that he realized Brown may be a suspect in an earlier incident at a convenience store. He called for backup and and attempted to exit his vehicle but Brown stopped him by closing the door back on him and attempted to intimidate him.“Yeah, he stared at me, like almost over top of me … looked like he was trying to intimidate me,” Wilson said. “And as I looked back at him, all of a sudden punches started flying … He threw the first one and hit me in the left side of my face.”
Wilson commented on Brown’s parents and their loss. “I think those are grieving parents who are mourning the loss of their son. Nothing you could say, but, again, you know, I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no … nothing you could say that’s gonna make a parent feel better.”
Brown’s parents are understandably upset following Wilson’s interview and spoke with Today this morning. Lesley McSpadden says the interview added, “insult after injury,” following the grand jury’s decision not to file charges on Wilson. Michael Brown Sr. said his son respected the law. “For one, my son, he respected law enforcement. Two, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn? It sounds crazy.”
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