Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Tom Jackson, a central figure in the aftermath of the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August, will resign Wednesday, according to reports.
Jackson’s resignation will be effective on March 19, according to a letter (pdf) obtained by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The announcement comes a day after the resignation of city manager John Shaw. Both men were named in the U.S. Justice Department’s scathing report on the racist and unconstitutional policing and municipal court system in the city.
Protesters had long called for Jackson to step down. On Wednesday, he stated, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this great city and to serve with all of you. I will continue to assist the city in anyway I can in my capacity as a private citizen.”
Ferguson, Missouri city manager John Shaw, who was named in the U.S. Justice Department’s report last week as a key player in creating a racist and unconstitutional policing and municipal court system, resigned Tuesday night.
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The announcement came during a city council meeting with the council voting 7-0 to approve a “mutual separation agreement” from Shaw, the latest fallout from the DOJ investigation which found systemic racism in the Ferguson Police Department and criticized several city officials for their active part in perpetuating excessive targeting, fining, and jailing of Ferguson’s majority-black residents.
Despite keeping a low public profile since becoming city manager in 2007, Shaw was highly involved in the policing practices, the report found. He also had power to hire, appoint, and fire city employees, except the city clerk, and oversaw Ferguson’s annual budget—which gave him more influence than any other elected official, STL Today writes.
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