Embattled Ferguson police chief resigns, city council says

Tom Jackson, the chief of the Ferguson, Mo., police department, will resign next week after a federal probe alleged racial profiling and police targeting of African-Americans, the city council says, and describes it as a “mutual separation.” The chief of the Ferguson, Mo., police department, which was cleared in a racially-charged shooting but accused of years of racial profiling in a subsequent Justice Department probe, will resign, law enforcement sources told Fox News. Chief Tom Jackson’s resignation would come one day after the Ferguson City Council unanimously approved a resolution to part ways with City Manager John Shaw following the probe that alleged racial bias at the department and courts. The St. Louis suburb has been beleaguered by unrest since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed, black 18-year-old last summer. Michael Brown’s death prompted protests in the St. Louis area and across the nation, including after a St. Louis County grand jury declined to bring charges against former Officer Darren Wilson. A Washington Post editorial criticized Jackson for making a “volatile situation worse.” But Jackson repeatedly said he would not step down. The Justice Department cleared Wilson of civil rights charges in the shooting, saying the evidence supported his claim he was acting in self-defense.

Chief Jackson clearly wasn’t ready for the national spotlight, and bumbled his way through some prime-time national interviews.  That said, he clearly isn’t this racist white cop that AG Eric Holder (a brazen, self-righteous, racist by ANY standard) and his liberal, racial agenda-driven DOJ have painted him out to be.  He’s just a chief of a small mid-western town with about 50 police officers…and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  As for the incident that went down..  Again, for the record..  When the shooting occurred in Ferguson, Chief Jackson was having lunch with one of this kids.  He got the call from the duty sergeant…and immediately called the Chief of Police of St. Louis County and turned the entire thing over to him (i.e. jurisdiction, investigation, etc.) so that there wouldn’t be even the appearance of a conflict of interest.  That is why no charges were even contemplated by Holder and others looking for someone to go after.  They knew they had nothing.  Well, sorry to see this dismantling of the Ferguson city government by Holder and his jack-booted thugs.  But, Ferguson doesn’t have the money to fight the DOJ in court.  And, that’s what this is boiling down to.  Hopefully Chief Jackson will find a new job in law enforcement sometime soon.

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