In his first interview since the grand jury decided not to indict him, Officer Darren Wilson told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he has a “clean conscience” about the August 9 altercation that left Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Mo. Stephanopoulos broke in to local ABC stations to provide details of his conversation shortly after wrapping up his hour-long interview with the police officer.
Wilson said he was doing what he was trained to do, he said, and feared for his life after Brown reached into his car and tried to grab for Wilson’s gun.
Stephanpoulous asked Wilson whether he might have reacted differently if Brown were white; the officer said race had nothing to do with the events and that he was “simply doing his job.” Wilson said he was sorry for the loss of life in the incident and sympathized with the Brown family.
More of the interview will air on ABC in broadcasts later today and tomorrow.