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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Officer Darren Wilson Defends Shooting Michael Brown — Says “I’m Sorry… But My Conscience is Clear”

Darren Wilson, ABC News Interview

Nationwide — Officer Darren Wilson, in his first televised interview since he shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he feared for his life and is not tormented about what happened.

Wilson, who is 6-foot-4 and weighs around 210 pounds, commented, “I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened. The reason I have a clean conscience is that I know I did my job right.” He then goes on to say what happened that fateful night, explaining how he first asked Brown to move out of the middle of the street.

He says next that Brown, who was 6-foot-3, nearly 300-pound, walked over to his police vehicle, pushed the door back as he was trying to get out, and reached inside as if he were trying to get hold of his gun.

Wilson continued, “As I looked back at him, punches started flying. He threw the first one and hit me in the left side of my face.”

He said he was unaware of how many times he got punched. “I just know there was a barrage of swinging and grabbing and pulling for about 10 seconds,” he said. “I reached out my window with my right hand to grab on to his forearm.”

He continued, “I just felt the immense power that he had. And then the way I’ve described it is, it was like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. That’s just how big this man was. He was very large, very powerful man.”

Wilson, who is said to be fueling the fire by doing televised interviews, told Stephanopoulos he would have acted the same way if circumstances were repeated. He also added that he was sorry that Brown’s parents lost their son.

Watch the interview below: