Officer Darren Wilson will leave the Ferguson police department after less than three years of service with no severance package, pension or benefits. Ending nearly a week of negotiations, Wilson resigned citing threats against fellow officers as his motivation reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.
"They got some intelligence that suggested there were going to be some targets at the Ferguson Police Department and the minute he said that, he also indicated that he thought his resignation might alleviate some of those threats," one of Wilson's attorneys Neil Bruntrager said. "They had some intel that suggested there was going to be some action of a violent nature."
In his letter to officials, Wilson stated he would have liked to stay on the force "...but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal."
But emotions in Ferguson are still raw following a grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. A small but vocal group continues to gather outside Ferguson's police department.
Prior to Sunday's football game in Saint Louis, five Rams players came on to the field with their arms raised, a show of support for the "hands up don't shoot" movement.
The gesture drew a strong reaction from the Saint Louis police Officers Association. In a statement, they said they were "profoundly disappointed" with the players' decision to "engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory."
Outside of the stadium, demonstrators chanted and blocked traffic -- six were arrested.
Bruntrager said Wilson hopes he can move forward.
"Going forward I think he wants to translate as much of this event as he can into a teachable moment and I think he wants to share with people the lessons he learned. And I hope he does."
Darren Wilson has a new wife and a child on the way. And while his wife works for the Ferguson police department, Wilson is now unemployed. People have been trying to keep their income afloat with vigorous online fundraising efforts.