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Ferguson Police Chief steps down

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UPDATE: It’s official, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has resigned. Earlier story below:

According to a city official, Ferguson, Missouri, Police Chief Thomas Jackson will resign Wednesday. As reported by NBC News, Jackson’s resignation originally stated his resignation would take effect March 19, however the city officials came to the conclusion that it should happen immediately.

His resignation will follow those of Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer and City Manager John Shaw who were both featured in a scornful report commissioned after now resigned officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed teen Michael Brown in August.

Jackson faced nationwide criticism for how he defended his officers and how his department handled the riots in the city following the shooting. At one point, Ferguson police were stripped of their oversight of security by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the State Patrol was placed in charge.

Mayor James Knowles III has been meeting with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger who assured him that county police will assist if necessary.

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