Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson resigns - KMOV.com

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson resigns

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Embattled Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson resigned Wednesday amid pressure from the community due to a recent Justice Department report and unrest in Ferguson.

Jackson's resignation is effective March 19. He will receive a severance payment and health insurance for one year, according to a news release from the City of Ferguson, which also stated the move was a mutual decision between Jackson and the City's administration.

Jackson came under fire for his handling of the investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown and the recent DOJ report stated that Jackson forced the Ferguson Police Department to "focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs."

Jackson's resignation comes a day after the resignation of Ferguson City Manager John Shaw. The Ferguson City Council voted 7-0 in favor of Shaw's resignation, although Shaw will continue to perform duties throughout various departments throughout the city.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the city hopes to keep its police department up and running. Knowles also said he has no plans to resign.

Protesters gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night, three were arrested.

Jackson and Shaw are not the first Ferguson employees to resign amid the DOJ report. Knowles reported last week that three employees who were involved in the racist emails detailed in the Department of Justice's report are no longer working for Ferguson. News 4 later learned two of the employees, Captain Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd, who are both police officers, resigned. The third city employee, court clerk Mary Ann Twitty, was fired.

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