'I Have A Clean Conscience' - Officer Darren Wilson Breaks His Silence
There's fierce reaction to Officer Darren Wilson’s first TV interview.
Rudy Guiliani said on Fox News, "We are talking about a police officer who did his job to protect you and me."
Whoopi Goldberg said on The View, "I needed a little more compassion, a little more emotion."
Michael Brown's parents are expressing their outrage. His mother said, "I don't believe a word of it."
Wilson broke his silence in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, saying Brown punched and charged at him before he fired the fateful shots, saying, “I felt the immense power he had. I mean, the way I’ve describe it was like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. That is just how big this man was.”
Stephanopoulos asked, “That moment before that second shot, you guys were staring at each other, and you said there was a look in his eye that you had never seen before. Described as a demon."
“It was very, very intense, intense image he was presenting,” replied Wilson.
Michael Brown's mother was speechless when asked about the demon comment. Point for point they challenged Wilson.
Stephanopoulos said, "You have a very clean conscience."
"The reason I have a clean conscience is that I know I did my job right," Wilson replied.
Brown’s mother said on CBS This Morning, "His conscience is clear? How can your conscience be clear after you kill somebody even if it was an accidental death?"
Some are blasting Wilson for his clinical demeanor. “Cold As Ice,” reads the headline in the New York Daily News.
Others are coming to his defense.
The View's Nicolle Wallace said, "I spent a lot of time in the Midwest. There is a Midwestern demeanor, I think we have to be sensitive to all cultural differences. In the Mid-West there is not a lot of emoting."
INSIDE EDITION asked two experts in police procedure to assess Wilson’s claim that he followed police protocol.
Timothy T. Williams Jr. was a senior supervisor for the LAPD. He spoke to INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent.
He said, "You use lethal force as a last resort. When everything else fails and you have imminent danger."
Trent mentioned, "It seems as though the first shots were inside the cruiser that Brown may have charged after Wilson."
Williams Jr. replied, "You have a taser and you have a baton, these are standard issues that are given to officers around the country and you use those resources to deescalate the situation."
But Steve Kardian, a former senior instructor at the Police Academy in Westchester, New York, has a different opinion.
He told INSIDE EDITION, "He went for his gun already and he knew he was going to come back at him, he was going to go after that gun for a second time. Thus, exposing him to seriously physical injury and or death. So, he knew he had to make that decision to terminate the actions of that individual that deemed a serious threat to him."
Wilson has been in seclusion since the August 9th shooting, saying he lives in fear for his life. The interview was done at a secret location.
Stephanopoulos said, "You grew a beard."
He replied, "I did have a beard for a little while."
Stephanopoulos asked, "Did that help?"
Wilson replied, "I think so. I mean, it was uncomfortable but I think it helped. You just take precautions with everything you do, everywhere you go."
Wilson married a fellow officer while in hiding and he dropped a bombshell during the ABC interview that he and his bride are having a baby.
Stephanopoulos asked, "What is your dream going forward?"
Wilson answered, "We just want to have a normal life. That is it."
Though Officer Wilson may hope for a normal life, it is clear the impact of what happened in Ferguson will not soon be lost. More than 170 protests have been held across the country in the wake of the grand jury decision.