The white officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned from the police force.

Four months after the confrontation that fuelled violent protests in the St Louis suburb and across the US, Darren Wilson quit the Ferguson Police Department.

Mr Wilson has been on administrative leave since the shooting on 9 August.

His resignation was announced on Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager, who said it takes effect immediately.

According to the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, Mr Wilson sent a resignation letter to the Ferguson force which read: “It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me.

“I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow… see more

source: skynews