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Ferguson police chief quits after racism report

Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson fields questions related to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown during a press conference on August 13, 2014The embattled police chief in Ferguson, Missouri resigned Wednesday, a week after a scathing US Justice Department report into the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by one of his officers. Thomas Jackson is the latest prominent official in the St. Louis suburb to stand down, seven months after Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson, igniting angry protests and a national debate about race and law enforcement. “It is with profound sadness that I am announcing I am stepping down from my position of chief of police,” wrote Jackson, who has been police chief since 2010. In a brief statement, the City of Ferguson confirmed it had agreed “a mutual separation” with Jackson that would see him get severance pay and health insurance for a year.

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