Ferguson cop says he has ‘clean conscience’

2014-11-26 06:43

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Ferguson – The white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the United States town of Ferguson said he has a “clean conscience” and would not do anything differently if given the chance.

Darren Wilson said he feared for his life before he drew his gun – the first time he had used his firearm on the job in the St Louis suburb – before opening fire, killing 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” Wilson told ABC News yesterday, speaking publicly for the first time since the August 9 shooting.

“I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened.”

When asked if it would have ended the same way if Brown was white, Wilson answered: “Yes ... no question.”

He described Brown as a “powerful man”, comparing him with professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

“He charged me; he was going to kill me,” he said.

A grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Wilson, sparking a night of violent riots in Ferguson, a town of 21 000 with a mostly white police force.

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