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Darren Wilson’s Resignation

by on November 30, 2014

The Times published this story today, which explained that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, has made the decision to resign from the Ferguson, MO Police Department. Wilson stated that his resignation is meant to “allow the community to heal.” These are some pretty hollow words in my opinion.

Was this an ethical decision on his part? Was it ethical for the Police Department to allow him to resign? They were receiving a lot of pressure to fire him, which would have put forth a much different connotation in terms of ending his ‘service’ there. I won’t delve into the minutiae of Ferguson, I know we have all been bombarded with it recently (as we should be, it’s an extremely important case), but if you haven’t educated yourself on it yet, NPR has compiled a helpful collection of information on it here.


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  1. I don’t really think it was unethical of Darren Wilson to resign from the Police Department. This case has been a huge media frenzy and I feel like him staying on the police force would have been a bad decision. He would have been a target for anger and I think a lot of people would have treated him differently as a police officer because of this case. He would probably be in danger from rioters and people who are upset with the verdict. I am not saying that I agree with the verdict, but I do not think he would be as safe continuing to work for the police force.

    I think if the Police Department had not let him resign it would be unethical because after all the drama that this Police Department has gone through, keeping him on as an officer would have just created more problems and more never-ending drama because a majority people are not pleased with the outcome of this case.

  2. I can’t help but feel uneasy at the idea that he shot and killed an 18 year old kid, and is now walking around as a civilian. He went to court and was proven innocent given the nature of his job, but now, only a month later, he no longer holds that position. It feels like something is wrong with this situation.

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