The Police Chief of Ferguson is the latest of that city’s officials to resign.
Chief Tom Jackson’s face has been in news reports many times since August 9, when Michael Brown, Junior was fatally shot by one of his police officers. Jackson announced his resignation Wednesday, a week after the release of a federal Justice Department report that said his Department actively discriminated against blacks.
Mayor James Knowles III confirmed the announcement.
“The chief’s resignation is effective March 19, 2015. This was a mutual decision both by the chief of police and the city’s administration,” said Knowles. “Chief Jackson will receive a severance payment with health insurance for one year.”
Knowles also says his city will respond to that report, which outlined harassment, ticketing to generate revenue, and racist e-mails.
“The city has committed to, and will continue to be committed to, addressing each item outlined in the report,” said Knowles.
Jackson’s resignation follows that of City Manager John Shaw. Knowles acknowledges some want him to be next.
“Somebody is going to have to be here to run the show,” said Knowles. “I’ve been committed, the city council has been committed to making those reforms. I realize there are some people that still want a head, or my head, or other heads, and I can understand that they’re going to say that, but again we’re focused on how we can move this community forward.”