Darren Out: Ferguson Officer Wilson Resigns

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(CNN) --  On Sunday, Ferguson, Missouri, Mayor James Knowles announced Darren Wilson is leaving the Ferguson police force. Knowles added he will not receive a severance package.

"We have now severed ties with Officer Darren Wilson," Knowles said.

The official announcement follows reports from Wilson's attorney and a newspaper interview released Saturday. Knowles told reporters Wilson's employment by the city had ended.

"The City of Ferguson will not be making a severance payment to Officer Wilson."

Last Monday, a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. The news brought instant protests on the city's streets that soon turned violent.

Wilson told the St. Louis post-dispatch, he resigned after he learned the police department received threats of violence if he stayed on. Wilson's letter of resignation says, in part: "it is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal."

People in Ferguson reacted to the news Saturday night: "It was 112 days late," one resident said. "Thank goodness, we're so glad," another added.

"He got away with murder," one said.

With Wilson's departure from the force, city officials are ready to move on. "Now is the time for the City of Ferguson to begin its healing process with the citizens of Ferguson and the police department," Knowles said.

Just before Sunday's NFL  game, several St. Louis Rams players appeared to remember Michael Brown by raising their arms in the air as they left the tunnel.

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