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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Ferguson Police Chief to Resign, Officer Wilson to be 'Eased Out' of
Ferguson Police Chief to Resign, Officer Wilson to be 'Eased Out' of Force
by Warner Todd Huston
Oct 29, 2014 7:05 PM PT
Reports from those inside the Ferguson, Missouri police department say that Thomas Jackson may soon be out as the department's chief. Sources also say that the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown is to be "eased out" of the department.
On Wednesday, October 29, CNN reportedthat insiders claim Chief Jackson is essentially being fired by the city as authorities begin a campaign to "reform" the city's police department
Sources say that the announcement of the Chief's firing could come as early as next week. Jackson is strongly refuting these claims, saying he has no intentions of quitting.
"Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated," Jackson told CNN.
Still, CNN stands by its report that Jackson is on the way out as Ferguson's Police Chief.
Another officer reputedly on the way out of the force is Darren Wilson, the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown in August. It was an incident that preceded months of riots and protests.
Officer Wilson has essentially been in hiding since the August shooting, frightened that his life is threatened by the daily protests. The officer has already missed several court dates, resulting in charges against those he arrested being dropped by the courts.
Now, MSNBC is reporting that, along with Chief Jackson, Officer Wilson is also being "eased out" of the department.
MSNBC also reports that an unnamed insider has learned that the whole Ferguson police department is about to be taken over by St. Louis County police.
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