In his first interview since a Ferguson grand jury declined to indict him, officer Darren Wilson reportedly told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he feared for his life and relied on his police training when he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this year. He also apparently asserted that race played no role in how he handled the situation.
Wilson expressed regret that a man lost his life, but said he wouldn’t have handled the situation any differently if he had a chance to do it over, according to Stephanopoulos.
Brown went for Wilson’s gun at one point, turning it into a deadly situation, according to the officer’s account. Wilson also claimed that Brown charged him and did not have his hands raised in surrender when he shot him.
Refuting various alleged eyewitness accounts, Wilson said he did not fire at Brown’s back.
When the ABC News reporter asked Wilson if the incident would have turned out differently if Brown were white, the officer replied, “absolutely not.” He reportedly said he has a clear conscience after the shooting, though he understands the sorrow that Brown’s family is feeling.
Watch the preview of the exclusive interview via ABC News below: