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Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who took over the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department five years ago, has resigned following the U.S. Department of Justice’s scathing report regarding his handling of the force, including raising revenue by imposing heavy fees on Black residents, according to the AP.

The AP reports:

A city official with knowledge of the situation said Thomas Jackson submitted his resignation letter but the date it will be effective was still being worked out. The official was not authorized to speak about the matter and asked not to be identified.

Jackson had previously resisted calls by protesters and some of Missouri’s top elected leaders to step down over his handling of the August shooting of Michael Brown and the weeks of sometimes-violent protests that followed.

Several text and phone messages left with Mayor James Knowles III and Jackson were not returned. Jackson, 57, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he felt it was time for the city to move on.

“I believe this is the appropriate thing to do at this time,” Jackson said. “This city needs to move forward without any distractions.”

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


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