Ferguson Police Chief Resigns
After the Department of Justice released that scathing report on racially biased policing in Ferguson, the city’s police chief has stepped down.
Mind you this is the same man who said the police department might file charges against Mike Brown’s step dad.
Police Chief Thomas Jackson has resigned from the police department effective March 19, the Post-Dispatch has learned.
Jackson, 57, is the sixth city employee to leave in the wake of a scathing federal Department of Justice report that alleged racist police and court practices that aim only to raise the city’s revenue instead of protecting its citizens.
In an exclusive interview, Jackson said he felt it was time for the city to move on.
“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 said in his resignation letter.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this great city and to serve with all of you,” his letter continued. “I will continue to assist the city in anyway I can in my capacity as private citizen.”
Mayor James Knowles III said Wednesday he will not resign, despite rumors to the contrary.
Jackson initially told the city his resignation would be effective March 19. City officials then contacted him Wednesday afternoon and said it should take effect immediately.
After discussion about the need for a transition team, both sides settled on March 19.
Last week, the Justice Department also concluded there was no evidence with which to charge former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18.
But in a separate report, the department report revealed racist emails that were sent by court and police officials, and portrayed a police department and court that discriminated against African-Americans from the initial traffic stop to how they were treated in court.
Jackson follows in the footsteps of fellow Ferguson police officials Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd who were named in the emails.
This isn’t quit the justice we wanted for Mike Brown but we’ll take the change we see happening in Ferguson.