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Last day on job for Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

On his last day as Ferguson Police Chief, Tom Jackson refused to speak to News 4 about the DOJ report that detailed the unconstitutional practices of the police department.

Jackson said he is not allowed to comment on the DOJ report until his tenure officially ends. Many Ferguson residents told News 4 they believe Jackson's resignation will more things forward. Jackson was police chief for five years.

“I believe slowly they're (Ferguson officials) trying to progress,” said 20-year Ferguson resident Shonda Stevenson.

Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff has been named interim police chief. He has been with the Ferguson police since August after working for Creve Coeur's police for four years. Prior to that, he spent 32 years as a St. Louis County Policeman.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the city is already making changes recommended by the DOJ, but residents know the changes won't happen overnight.

“So much needs to be done. Yes, there is hope, I just think it's going to take us time to get there. How long it takes us to get there may have an effect on how people react,” Stevenson said.

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