Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson handed in his resignation on Wednesday following last week’s damning federal report that outlined racial bias in the St. Louis suburb’s police department, reports the AP. The resignation is reportedly effective next Thursday, March 19.
“I believe this is the appropriate thing to do at this time,” Jackson told the St. Louis Dispatch. “This city needs to move forward without any distractions.”
According to the AP, five Ferguson officials have been fired or forced to resign following the report. Late last night, Ferguson city manager John Shaw announced his resignation.