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(141126) -- FERGUSON, Nov. 26, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Journalists take photos at the scene where Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, St. Louis County, Missouri, the United States, Nov. 26, 2014. Ferguson faces unrest as Thanksgiving holiday approaches.(Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown, bows to pressure, resigns

Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed teenager Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, in the US resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney told media.

Wilson, who has been on paid administrative leave since the incident took place Aug 9, has resigned, Neil Bruntrager confirmed, adding that the resignation came into immediate effect, Xinhua reported Sunday.

Earlier in a clarification, the Ferguson police said the Mayor or the police chief can fire Officer Darren Wilson.” Officer Wilson may be fired by either the chief of police or the city manager. However, there are legal implications to discharging him without the conclusion of the investigation into wrongdoing, which is being conducted by St. Louis County Police and the prosecuting attorney.”

Wilson, 28, had been in hiding since the shooting. He broke his silence after a grand jury decided not to pursue any charges against him.

The shooting, which led to a debate over race relations and police authority, sparked protests and violence in Ferguson. The grand jury’s decision three months after the incident sparked protests across the United States.

Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday as they blocked traffic in front of the Ferguson Police Department. On Saturday, civil rights activists began a 120 mile (190 km) march to Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri, to demand sweeping reforms in the police department and denounce the grand jury’s decision.

The US Justice Department is still awaiting the findings of a civil rights investigation into the shooting and a separate probe into the practices of the Ferguson Police Department.(IANS)

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