In a short preview of an hour-plus interview taped with ABC's George Stephanopoulos at a "secret location," Stephanopoulos revealed that Officer Darren Wilson told him Tuesday that he shot Michael Brown because he "feared for his life."
Stephanopoulos said that Wilson told him Brown reached into his car and grabbed for his gun and "that's why he feared for his life," alleging that Brown did not raise his hands in surrender as previously reported. Wilson also reportedly said that "he would not do anything different that day," that "he did what he was trained to do, he was simply doing his job." When asked "Would this have gone down differently if Michael Brown were white?" Wilson said, "Absolutely not." Yes, racist tendencies are so deeply ingrained in Darren Wilson's mind that he can't even acknowledge them.
Wilson did tell Stephanopoulos that he is "sorry for the loss of Michael Brown's life" and that he understands "the grief of Michael Brown's parents" but ultimately, he has a "clean conscience."
Stephanopoulos was one of several TV reporters who met with Wilson before Wilson decided which anchor he wanted to give the interview to. ABC reportedly did not pay Wilson, not even through backdoor channels, for the interview.
The full interview with Wilson will air tonight on ABC at 6:30 pm ET.