Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal report
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson, Missouri's mayor says the city's departing police chief is an "honorable man" who resigned with hopes of helping the community heal from racial unrest stemming from last summer's police shooting death of an unarmed, black 18-year-old.
Chief Thomas Jackson's resignation Wednesday came a week after a scathing U.S. Justice Department report found the St. Louis suburb to have a profit-driven court system and widespread racial bias in the police force.
Mayor James Knowles III says after much "soul-searching" Jackson agreed to resign. His March 19 departure allows him to help transition the department to the man who'll be acting chief, Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff.
Knowles says a national search for Jackson's permanent successor is planned.
Jackson will receive one year of his roughly $96,000 annual salary and health coverage.