Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson released a letter thanking his supporters after news broke that a grand jury had decided not to indict him for the shooting of Michael Brown. The statement was read live on KSDK, the St. Louis local NBC affiliate, by a female supporter of Wilson’s who asked to remain anonymous to protect her identity.
Wilson had written the letter before the grand jury decision was announced, and had requested that it not be released to the public until the decision was publicly known.
Transcript of Wilson’s letter:
To all of the pro Officer Wilson Supporters –
I would like to thank you all for standing up for me during this stressful time. Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me. I watched the CNN video we recorded at the rally on Saturday and it brought tears to my eyes.
All of you are simply amazing, and I don’t know how to thank you all enough. I wish I could attend meet you, hug you, and personally thank you for all of your continued support, however, due to my and my families safety I am unable to. Please don’t give this letter to any media or post it where they can see it. Relay the message of thanks to all and keep this letter private until the investigation is complete.
I want you all to know that I do get updates on the amount of support. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see all of the comments made through social media, but overall messages are relayed to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know that I would do the same for any of you.
Also please keep my family in blue in your hearts and prayers, they have all made a sacrifice to their own lives in order to work the excessive hours through the heat and rain to ensure that the riots and protests in Ferguson were as safe as they could be.