Ferguson, Mo., police chief says he won't resign

Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson said he's aware some people are calling for his resignation, but he doesn't intend to step down.
By Danielle Haynes  |  Sept. 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM
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FERGUSON, Mo., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Thomas Jackson, the chief of police in Ferguson, Mo., said he has no intention of resigning on the same day he issued a video apology for the way police handled the death of Michael Brown.

The chief told CNN he's aware some people have called for his resignation.

"I've talked to a lot of people who have initially called for that and then changed their mind after having meetings and discussions about moving forward," he said. "Realistically, I'm going to stay here and see this through. This is mine, and I'm taking ownership of it."

Earlier in the day, he issued a public apology for how long it took Brown's body to be removed from the street where he was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson.

"I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son. I'm also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street," Jackson said. "It was just too long, and I'm truly sorry for that." Brown's death led to protests that turned violent as racial tensions between police and citizens increased.

Jackson also apologized for violations of the rights of the protesters, but said police will respond appropriately to prevent injury and death.

"If that means officers will respond in riot gear, they will," he said. "We cannot have nights like last night. We can't have actions like last night that can result in injury or death. Those will not be tolerated."

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