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Ferguson Police Chief Slams CNN Report: ‘Completely Wrong’

Evan Perez reports Chief Thomas Jackson will step down; Jackson disputes during same broadcast

Citing government officials Tuesday night, CNN reporter Evan Perez reported Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson would be stepping down.

See Video: Ferguson Police: 6-Year Veteran Shot Michael Brown

15 minutes later, a St. Louis Dispatch reporter who spoke with Chief Jackson gave his response.

And the Ferguson Police Department also denied CNN’s report.

Also read: Ferguson Sued for $40 Million for Response to Protests

Jackson also denied his resignation to Perez via phone:  “Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated,” he said.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles also denied the story to CNN: “People have been saying that for months, I mean for him to step down. But we’ve stood by him this entire time. So there is no change on that.”

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The Ferguson Police Department has been maligned since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of officer Darren Wilson. Chief Jackson was one of the officials named in a $40 million dollar federal lawsuit filed by five individuals against the Ferguson Police Department for excessive force during the Ferguson protests that waged for weeks following Brown’s death.