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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned Wednesday on the heels of a scathing Justice Department report that slammed his department.

Ferguson officials stated the the city agreed to a mutual separation. Jackson’s official resignation date is set for March 19.

“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,” Jackson said, adding that serving the city as police chief “has been an honor and a privilege.”

“I will continue to assist the city in any way I can in my capacity as private citizen,” Jackson wrote.

Hey, but Jackson won’t be down and broke like most people who are forced to leave a job because of their incompetency. He’ll receive severance and health insurance for one year.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said it was only fair to give him a package.

“I think it’s fair to say that in many executive level private industries, you would get a similar treatment,” he said.

“I think it’s important that we recognize that the chief made this decision because he wanted to do this,” Knowles said. “He thought it was the best for the city and the Police Department.”

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  • Me

    mike brown may not have been the most innocent victim of racial profiling, but sometimes our victories come from the unexpected among us. i’m glad his death won’t be totally in vain & i hope this sets off a chain reaction around the world to weed out racists from high power positions. if you can’t be objective when your job is to serve the community, you need to find a more private line of work.

  • Me

    “I will continue to assist the city in any way I can in my capacity as private citizen,” Jackson wrote.

    ugh… zimmerman’s ugly mug popped in my mind when i read that.

  • Objection

    “I think it’s fair to say that in many executive level private industries, you would get a similar treatment,” he said.

    The Chief of Police is a servant of the people not the CEO of a corporation. He is stepping down because he violated his oath of office. He has turned a blind eye while the rights of black citizens were being violated. He needs to be sued in court, not given a severance package.

  • [email protected]

    The Ferguson police resigned and he should resign.

    As the DOJ report and the testimonies from the residents of Ferguson document, the Ferguson police department used oppressive policies against black Americans, formed racist emails, and economically exploited the area of Ferguson for years. Systematic police oppression is found nationwide not just in Ferguson. The situation in Ferguson has changed the world forever. We have to continue in the work to defend the human rights of black people, and make sure that institutions are held accountable for their own actions.