Darren Wilson’s statement to the public about the Grand Jury decision and the shooting of Michael Brown has been released. After the Grand Jury returned a ‘no true bill,’ a statement that they believe there is no grounds for charges, the Ferguson officer stated that he would release an official statement later in the evening. That statement is now available, released through his attorney.

The statement, released by Wilson’s attorney through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wilson maintained that his actions were legal and just, and made it clear that he would issue no further media statements.

Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law. We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury’s decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do so in a respectful and peaceful manner.

On a side note, Officer Wilson would like to thank those who have stood by his side throughout the process. This continued support is greatly appreciated by Officer Wilson and his family.

Darren Wilson’s statement goes on to say that his life has been disturbed by the events surrounding the shooting. He has faced threats, had his location leaked, and says he fears for his family.

Wilson’s attorney would not discuss any plans to retire from the Ferguson police department, though CBS6 reported last week that the officer has said he may do so to ease strain on fellow officers.

Ferguson itself is in an uproar tonight, with many of the peaceful protesters retreating into homes or safe houses while rioters and looters systematically destroy the town, setting buildings on fire, breaking windows, and wreaking havoc.

With all the activity, Darren Wilson’s statement has largely flown under the radar, and perhaps that suits the officer, who has been in retreat from public life since August, just fine.

[Photo: photo credit: West Midlands Police]