During the interview, which aired on Good Morning America, Wilson confirmed he had gotten married during a small ceremony at the courthouse. His new wife has a baby on the way. “We’re just normal people,” he said. “I just want to live a normal life.”
A Low Profile
But life has been anything but normal for Wilson, 28, since the Aug. 9 shooting that left Michael Brown dead.
“You’re always looking, wondering if someone recognized you, if someone’s following you,” he explained. “I take precautions wherever I go. From where you sit at a restaurant to where you drive. Everything runs through your head.”
Among other precautions, Wilson says he altered his appearance. “I did have a beard for a little while,” he said. “It was uncomfortable.”
Wilson wouldn’t answer whether he was going to resign from the police force, but he seemed to acknowledge that his career in law enforcement is over.
“That was the job of my life. I loved it. It’s over now,” he said. “Do you think it’d be safe for me? Or for the other officers?”
“I want to live a normal life. It’s going to be different. There’ll be a new normal, but we’ll find it somehow. I would love to teach people. I’d love to give them more insight on uses of force. Anything that I can get out of this career that I’ve had thus far and the incident, I’d love to give someone else.”
In an earlier part of the interview that aired Tuesday night on ABC’s World News, Wilson said that he was not haunted by the shooting.
Stephanopoulos also asked Wilson to assess where things stand now. “Do you understand the anger? Is there something more that all police can do in your situation?”
“What do you mean by that?” Wilson responded.
“What’s at the heart of this anger that seems to be seething through Ferguson?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“I think there’s a communication breakdown,” Wilson answered. “Communication has to be re-established between everybody, all parties involved.”
Brown’s Parents React
Michael Brown’s parents also gave an interview on Wednesday morning, wondering why Wilson seemingly felt little remorse.
“His conscience is clear,” Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, told CBS This Morning. “How can your conscience be clear after killing someone, even if it was an accidental death? I don’t think he wanted to kill my son, but he wanted to kill someone.”
Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., responded to Wilson’s description of the event, telling the Today show that it didn’t match what he knows about his son. “For one, my son respected law enforcement. Two, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn? It sounds crazy.”