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The Latest: Ferguson’s new chief plans to diversify department

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In this Jan. 2, 2016, photo, Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss stands among the Miami-Dade officials who announced the arrest of Willie "Pee Wee" Wilcher in Liberty City, Fla. Moss was announced as police chief in Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, March 31, 2016, putting a black man in charge of a mostly white department that serves a town where African-Americans make up two-thirds of the residents. (Matias J. Ocner/The Miami Herald via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
In this Jan. 2, 2016, photo, Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss stands among the Miami-Dade officials who announced the arrest of Willie “Pee Wee” Wilcher in Liberty City, Fla. Moss was announced as police chief in Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, March 31, 2016, putting a black man in charge of a mostly white department that serves a town where African-Americans make up two-thirds of the residents. (Matias J. Ocner/The Miami Herald via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


FERGUSON, Mo. — The Latest on the announcement that Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss has been named police chief of Ferguson, Missouri (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

A veteran Miami police officer who has been named police chief for Ferguson, Missouri, says he hopes to diversify the department as it rebounds from the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown.

Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss was announced as Ferguson police chief Thursday. Moss, who is black, will be in charge of a mostly white department that serves a town where African-Americans make up two-thirds of the residents.

The 51-year-old Moss said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press he wants to diversify the police department and work closely with the community to see what their goals are for Ferguson.

After Brown was fatally shot by a white officer, Ferguson was the scene of months of unrest.

Former chief Tom Jackson resigned in March 2015 after a Justice Department report that cited racial bias in Ferguson’s criminal justice system.

5:15 p.m.

A veteran Miami police officer with two decades of experience dealing with the media and community leaders will take over as Ferguson’s police chief, hoping to help the St. Louis suburb heal as it rebounds after the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown.

Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss was announced as chief Thursday, putting a black man in charge of a mostly white department that serves a town where African-Americans make up two-thirds of the residents.

The 51-year-old Moss has been with the Miami department 32 years, the past 20 as public information officer. He was among 54 candidates for the Ferguson job.

Former chief Tom Jackson resigned in March 2015 following a Justice Department report that cited racial bias in Ferguson’s criminal justice system.

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