Ferguson police chief stepping down after scathing report finds racial bias by officers, courts: U.S. reports


Thomson Reuters Posted: Mar 11, 2015 4:07 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 11, 2015 4:07 PM ET

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The police chief of Ferguson, Mo., is stepping down after a scathing report from the U.S. Justice Department found routine racial bias by officers, multiple U.S. media reports say, citing unnamed sources.

CNN reported Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has indicated he is willing to step down but first wants to ensure that the police department stays in place and is not dissolved. CNN, which cited a source from city hall, did not have a time frame for the resignation.

Fox said Jackson was not pushed out or fired. Protesters have called for his removal since the shooting of an unarmed black teenager last summer, which led to a Justice Department probe that found his department followed racially biased practices.

Attorney General Eric Holder said last week the Justice Department would use its full authority to reform the police department, including possibly dismantling it.

Jackson would follow Ferguson City Manager John Shaw, who resigned on Tuesday, and Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer, who quit on Monday. Last week, three police department employees were fired for offensive emails cited in the Justice Department report released on March 3.

With a file from CBC News



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