Ferguson Police Chief Resigns

Ferguson Police Chief Resigns
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Ferguson city police chief Thomas Jackson has stepped down from position following scathing criticism from the recent Justice Department report, CNN reported.


Ferguson officials announced that Jackson and the city have both “agreed to a mutual separation.”

In a text message, Jackson said, “It’s a really hard pill to swallow,” after being asked for a comment.

In a letter to Ferguson’s mayor that was submitted as his resignation, Jackson said, “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.”

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According to him, serving as police chief “has been an honor and a privilege.”

The Justice Department report had pointed out that the Ferguson police had used the citizens as “source of revenue,” with targets mainly African Americans.

Racist jokes were found in e-mails and police files as well as in records of court officials.

Following the resignation of Jackson, Ferguson City Manager John Shaw, too, stepped down on Tuesday.

In addition, two police officers resigned last week and the city’s top court clerk was sacked because of racist e-mail exchanges, informed Jeff Small, city spokesman.

Jackson refused to comment on the Justice Department report, saying, “I need to have time to really analyze this report so I can comment on it.”

The report investigated the shooting of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown by a white police officer, which opened a watershed of protests nationwide and called for a credible investigation of the incident.

The Justice Department conducted the investigation based on evidences procured regarding racial bias in the form of e-mails written by Ferguson police and municipal court officials. An e-mail, written in November 2008, stated that President Obama could not hold on to his job for too long because, “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”