Police Ofc. Darren Wilson, cleared in the death of Michael Brown, has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.
His lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, said he made the decision after police Chief Tom Jackson told him that the department had received threats. Wilson had been on paid administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting.
Wilson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he was stepping down on his "own free will" due to threats of violence directed at the police department if he remained an employee, the Associated Press reported.
"I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me," said Wilson, who had been with the department for less than three years.
Wilson's resignation didn't seem to affect protesters outside Ferguson police headquarters Saturday. Rick Campbell said he didn't care, saying: 'I've been protesting out here since August.' Several other protesters shrugged their shoulders when asked about the resignation.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.
Wilson spent months in hiding and made no public statements following the shooting. He broke his silence after the grand jury decision, telling ABC News that he couldn't have done anything differently in the encounter with Brown.
Wilson, who recently got married, said he had a clean conscience, because 'I know I did my job right.' Brown's shooting was the first time he fired his gun on the job, he said. Asked whether the encounter would have unfolded the same way if Brown had been white, Wilson said yes.
The Justice Department is investigating possible civil rights violations in Brown's death and has initiated an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department.