March 12, 2015

Ferguson Police Chief Resigns, Two Cops Shot

The Department of Justice made its accusation: The Ferguson Police Department practiced systematic racism. The DOJ named names and so the city’s town manager and municipal judge resigned. Then Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson announced his resignation. In his resignation letter, Jackson wrote, “My resignation will be effective March 19, 2015 to provide for an orderly transition of command. … I will continue to assist the city in any way I can in my capacity as private citizen.” But Wednesday night, the streets around the police department were anything but orderly. As protesters gathered into the early morning, four shots rang out and two officers fell, seriously injured. The Obama administration was going to come after Ferguson officials if they didn’t resign, but did they take into account an emboldened hostility to the peacekeeping force in the city? The department needs reform and leadership has left, but someone tried to kill two cops. Clearly, this isn’t over. More…

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