Police Officer Darren Wilson has sat down with George Stephanopoulos, for an hour long interview which airs tonight.
ABC News has released a short preview of the interview, which was filmed last night at “a secret location” shortly after the grand jury decided not to bring charges against Officer Wilson for his shooting of Michael Brown on August 9.
The jury’s decision sparked a national outcry and led to yet more impassioned protesting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, resulting in violent clashes with police and the death of 20-year-old DeAndre Joshua, who was reportedly shot dead in his car.
In the preview—which you can watch right here on Popdust—Stephanopoulos says he went over “all those fateful moments during the 90 seconds [Wilson] encountered Michael Brown” and that the Police Officer denies shooting towards Brown’s back.
Wilson claims Brown reached into his car and grabbed for his gun, causing him to fear for his life—and alleges Brown did not raise his hands in surrender, as witnesses state—instead, Wilson claims, the 18-year-old “charged toward” him, and that is why he “had” to shoot him.
The 28-year-old cop says he has a “clean conscience” over the shooting, believes he could have not done anything different that day, and did what he was “trained to do.”
“While, he did say he was sorry for the loss of life, for the loss of Micheal Brown’s life, he would not do anything different that day…that he did what he was trained to do, he was simply doing his job,” Stephanopoulos says. “And I also asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown was white, he said absolutely not..he says he has a clean conscience, over his actions that day, even though he is sorry for the loss of life, and understands the grief of Michael Brown’s parents.”
Tune into World News Tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST to watch the interview in full.