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Ferguson Police Chief: CNN Report on Resignation 'Not True'

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI/Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 09:56 AM

Late Tuesday night, CNN’s Evan Perez reported that Ferguson, Missouri police chief Thomas Jackson would resign as part of an effort to assure residents that the city was committed to reform in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Almost immediately, Jackson denied he had been asked to step down or had been fired.

“It’s absolutely not true. Nobody has asked me to resign, nor have I been fired. If I do resign, it will be my own choice,” Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III also responded by noting that Jackson has remained in his position and he does not "see that changing.”

Jackson worked with the St. Louis County Police Department since 1979, and has led the Ferguson police department since 2010.

Protestors have continued to call for Jackson's resignation since August, just as they have demanded that St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch step down.

In early October, lawyers representing Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., sent a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon saying McCulloch should not be permitted to oversee the grand jury investigation into Brown's death because of "compelling and rising concerns of conflict that now exist" between McCulloch and the Ferguson Police Department, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The grand jury is expected to release its decision on whether to hand down an indictment against police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, in mid-November.

As the media was speculating about Jackson's status, the Ferguson City Council unanimously approved two resolutions asking state lawmakers to implement reforms concerning deadly police involved shootings, KSDK reported.

The council resolutions called for the general assembly to "enact legislation which would establish a clear process for investigation of and response to cases involving a law enforcement officer's use of deadly force," which cover law enforcement agencies statewide.

The council's actions come several weeks after Gov. Nixon announced the formation of a "Ferguson Commission" to examine the "social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest" that occurred after Brown's death.

The commission also would bring in experts to address a range of issues from poverty and education, to governance and law enforcement, and "offer specific recommendations for making this region a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live."

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Late Tuesday night, CNN’s Evan Perez reported that Ferguson, Missouri police chief Thomas Jackson would resign as part of an effort to assure residents that the city was committed to reform in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
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