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Lawyer: Wilson resigned after chief's warning

Published:Monday | December 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM
This undated file photo released by the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, November 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. - AP

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP):

Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's lawyer said Wilson resigned because he was concerned about the potential for violence against other officers if he didn't.

Neil Bruntrager told The Associated Press on Sunday that Wilson decided to step aside after police Chief Tom Jackson told him that the department had received threats. Bruntrager would not elaborate on the nature of the alleged threats. Messages seeking comment from Jackson were not returned.

A grand jury decided last week Monday not to indict Wilson for killing Michael Brown in August. Bruntrager says Wilson was initially elated by the decision but became sad watching coverage of the violent protests that followed.

The US Justice Department is investigating possible civil rights violations in Brown's killing and launched a broad investigation of Ferguson police.