A week after the Department of Justice released its disturbing report revealing the Ferguson Police Department's routine racial discrimination, Fox News has reported that Police Chief Thomas Jackson will resign. Thomas, who has remained silent on the report, is reportedly not being forced to step down. Speculation over his resignation has been swirling since October, in the immediate months following the shooting of Michael Brown, but back then Jackson expressed his adamant intention to "see this through."
Last week, the DOJ's civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department concluded that the city's law enforcement officials and municipal court regularly discriminated against African American citizens when issuing traffic violations, using force, and making arrests. The report described the police department's "pattern and practice of discrimination" as a way to generate revenue for the city.
Last Thursday, Chief Jackson remained vague when responding to the report, telling CNN, "I need to have time to really analyze this report so I can comment on it." When asked what he planned on doing about the discrimination, he said he would "take action as necessary." When asked whether or not he would step down, he repeated, "I'm gonna take action where necessary."
On Thursday afternoon, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner tweeted that police sources in Ferguson had confirmed Jackson's resignation to Fox's Chris Wallace.
And Fox News correspondent Will Carr also tweeted that Jackson would be resigning.