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Ferguson Police Chief to Resign

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson is expected to resign today, according to Fox News:

Police sources have told Fox Jackson will resign and he is reportedly not being forced out.

Jackson has been rather silent about the DOJ’s report last week about the Ferguson police targeting black people for revenue-raising purposes. As recently as last Friday, he had told a reporter he hadn’t read the report just yet.

There was a report back in October that Jackson would step down, which he vociferously denied at the time. He said any resignation on his part would be his decision, and said just days later, “I’m going to stay and see this through. I report to the city manager, period. And as long as he and the council support me, then I intend to stay.”

Ferguson’s city manager, it should be noted, resigned yesterday.

Update- 4:11 pm EST: Many other media outlets are reporting the same thing, and one local newspaper got Jackson on the record about resigning:

In an exclusive interview, Jackson said he felt it was time for the city to move on. He said an interim chief will be appointed from within the department. He told the city his resignation would be effective March 19, but city officials decided to make it effective immediately, he said.

Update- 4:41 pm EST: Here is Jackson’s full resignation letter:

It is with profound sadness that I am announcing I am stepping down from my position as chief of police for the city of Ferguson, Missouri. My resignation will be effective March 19, 2015 to provide for an orderly transition of command.

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 any way I can in my capacity as private citizen.

Warmest regards,
Thomas Jackson
Chief of Police
City of Ferguson, Missouri

Update- 5:01 pm EST: The city of Ferguson announced in a statement Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff will become the acting chief of police as of March 19th.

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