Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri resigned today. Jackson has been under criticism for months after the shooting death of Michael Brown and the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” protests.
Although the officer who shot Brown will not be prosecuted, he has resigned from the force.The grand jury did not find that the officer’s actions constituted prosecution by violating Brown’s federal civil rights. Afterwards the national media coverage of the shooting brought up many issues within the Ferguson police department.
The Department of Justice investigated the city’s police force and found many issues regarding its current polices on diffusing situations. It was believed that African Americans were mostly targeted by white police officers
Jackson’s resignation comes a day after Ferguson City Manager John Shaw stepped down. Both men were specifically named in the Department of Justice’s report. In the wake of some racist emails, a top court clerk and two police officers resigned just last week, according to city spokesman Jeff Small.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated change for the entire department was clearly a necessity. Duties will be assumed by Lieutenant Colonel Al Eickhoff, while the city of Ferguson actively searches for a new chief.
By Jennifer Barclay
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