Ferguson Police Chief Quits

Thomas Jackson resigns after Justice Department criticism
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2015 2:49 PM CDT
Updated Mar 11, 2015 3:22 PM CDT
Ferguson Police Chief to Quit
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson is resigning.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

And now the police chief. Ferguson chief Thomas Jackson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report about the city's treatment of black people. CNN, Fox, and the New York Times were among those to report the news in advance, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch makes it official by quoting Jackson's resignation letter: "It is with profound sadness that I am announcing I am stepping down from my position as chief of police for the city of Ferguson Missouri," Jackson wrote. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this great city and to serve with all of you."

The move follows the resignation of city manager John Shaw and Municipal Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer, the reassignment of municipal court cases to a state court, the firing of the city clerk, and the resignation of two police officers over racist emails. Jackson has been chief five years, and his handling of the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting has been criticized. The Justice Department report criticized him in particular for pressuring officers to write tickets to generate revenue for the city. (More Ferguson, Missouri stories.)

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