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Darren Wilson spoke directly about his experience to the press on Tuesday for the first time in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
In the interview, Wilson explained why he got out of his car when he stopped Michael Brown. Wilson says Brown punched him while he was in his car, which prompted the officer to get out of the vehicle.
“My job isn’t to just sit and wait. I have to see where this guy goes," Wilson said in the interview.
Wilson also implied that he feared for his life.
“He was a very large, very powerful man," Wilson said while describing his first altercation with Brown, also adding that Brown threw the first punch. He then said, “He tried to shoot me with my own gun."
When Stephanopoulos asked him if he would have done anything differently, Wilson simply replied, "No."
Wilson says that he has a clean conscience about what happened on that day, saying "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right."
Apart from transcripts of Wilson's testimony that were released Monday night after a grand jury declined to indict him, he has not spoken publicly about Brown's death until now.
He recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window.
Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would fatally shoot Michael Brown, 18, in an incident that has sharply divided the country amid conflicting accounts of what happened in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.
Newly released documents detail his crucial testimony to a grand jury that eventually declined to indict him, revealing what happened from his perspective.
Wilson, who is about 6 feet 4 inches tall (1.95 metres) and weighs 210 pounds (95 kg), said he struggled with Brown, who was similarly tall and 289 pounds (130 kg), from inside his police car.
"I felt like a 5-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan," he said.
Brown's family and supporters have maintained a different version of events, saying the unarmed teenaged was the victim of an officer who aggressively confronted their son and then shot him while his hands were raised in a sign of surrender.
Events began to unfold, Wilson told the grand jury, when he stopped Brown about halfway into a 12-hour shift, which began at 6:30 a.m., and observed he was holding cigarillos that had just been reported stolen from a nearby store.
The first thing he noticed about Brown was how big he was, walking in the middle of a road with a smaller friend, Dorian Johnson.
Wilson, who has been on paid administrative leave since the shootings, did not learn their names until the next day, according to testimony, in which he described the neighborhood as being "antipolice" and acknowledged being on high alert.
Initially, he said, he tried to talk to Brown from inside his police vehicle, but the teen cursed at Wilson and then lunged at him.
Brown landed two punches to his face, Wilson testified, adding that he feared a third could have been deadly.
With no taser in his car, Wilson considered using mace or a flashlight in defense, but the five-year police veteran said he felt neither would be effective.
He drew his gun, which Brown had grabbed and twisted until it dug into Wilson's hip, Wilson testified.
"I said: 'Get back or I'm going to shoot you,'" Wilson recalled saying.
"He immediately grabs my gun and says: 'You are too much of a pussy to shoot me''"
Wilson said he fired a shot from inside the vehicle, shattering the window. It was the first time he had fired his weapon at someone on duty, he said.
According to Wilson's testimony, Brown stepped back, then lunged again. Wilson fired again and Brown began to run. Wilson exited the car and chased him.
Across the street, Brown stopped and turned to face Wilson.
Wilson said he told Brown to get on the ground. Brown did not. Backing up rapidly, Wilson fired multiple rounds of shots.
"I know if he reaches me, he kills me," Wilson testified.
Wilson said he did not know how many bullets struck Brown, who was shot six or seven times.
Brown fell face forward, and Wilson said he knew he was dead.
Later, when police backup arrived at the shooting scene, a sergeant asked Wilson what had happened. "I said, I had to kill him," according to his testimony.Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2014, 11:06