Officials: Ferguson Police Chief Expected To Step Down

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson

(CNN)- The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to step down as part of the effort by city officials to reform the Police Department, according to government officials familiar with the discussions ongoing between local, state and federal officials.

Under the proposed plan, after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson leaves, city leadership would ask the St. Louis County police chief to take over management of Ferguson’s police force.

The announcement could come as soon as next week. It would be one step in what local officials hope will help reduce tensions in the city as the public awaits a decision on whether the St. Louis County grand jury will bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Jackson said Tuesday he is not being pushed out.

“Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated,” he said on the phone to CNN.

Jackson had faced criticism over his department’s handling of the Brown shooting and the protests in its aftermath.

Last month, weeks after the Justice Department announced it was investigating Ferguson police, Jackson told CNN he would not step down despite calls for his ouster.

2 comments

  • bobreal

    That is crazy.. He nor Officer Darren Wilson did anything wrong..
    All Officer Darren Wilson do was SHOT A THIEF.
    If You WANT THIEVES to Live There;
    I KNOW THAT IS ONE CITY I DON’T TO LIVE..

  • bob

    When did merica start shooting people for stealing. 3rd world chops off hands but killing people we should be better then that. The cop could have tazed or pepper sprayed but the cop was a scared cop that was trigger happy and feared for his life from a unramed teenager.

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