Word From Ferguson: Police Chief Is Not Resigning


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Last night, some source to CNN and/or MSNBC and local news stations reported that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson would be stepping down as part of a package of “reforms” intended to put a lid on some of the “unrest” we in St. Louis are expecting.  According to Tom Jackson, the Ferguson mayor, St. Louis County police, etc., this is not part of their plans even if it is part of someone else’s.  From stltoday.com:

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said late Tuesday that he has no plans to resign, despite a CNN report to the contrary.  “It’s absolutely not true. Nobody has asked me to resign, nor have I been fired,” Jackson said…. “If I do resign, it will be my own choice.”

It is true that this week the that Ferguson city council has resolved to ask the state for new laws establishing “a clear standard for how officer involved shootings are investigated” and mandating “that law enforcement agencies report every officer-involved shooting and the circumstances surrounding it.”  No reasonable person would have any objection to this.  But there has been no movement in Ferguson to dismiss Chief Jackson, or dissolve the police department, as has been reported by CNN citing “government officials.”

At least not that they know of.  Gov. Jay Nixon’s office refused comment.  (Gee, thanks there, Jay.  Good thing you are term limited out.  You’d never get re-elected.)

If there is a movement afoot to dissolve the Ferguson Police Department and merge it with St. Louis County, no one locally is admitting it.  The MSNBC story is full of words like “could”, “would” and “may” indicating nothing is a done deal and the leaks may well be coming from federal government officials who have no idea how provincial St. Louis is or that we like it that way.  Meddling in our affairs would be considered oppression, not helpful.

The other detail of the report from CNN and MSNBC is that Darren Wilson is expected to be fired or relieved of duty as part of the package, and anyone who knows the brotherhood of police knows that ain’t happening as presented.  He may never work in Ferguson again, or the state, but he will be taken care of.  If Wilson is not indicted, there is no reason to fire him.

Inflammatory misinformation continues to be the order of the day.  In the meantime, the school districts of the areas affected so far have requested that the decision be handed down after school hours or on a weekend so as to not have to evacuate students.  That is being taken under consideration.  The “protesters” have invaded the shining jewel of urban renewal and a pretty big tourist attraction known as The Loop for two straight nights, and really nothing happened.  Early in the week the place is dead as a door nail after bed time.  The people of the area are not amused.  It’s taken 40 years to make The Loop shine again.  Nothing has happened in the west end-University City to prompt picking on a bunch of bars, coffee shops, tattoo parlors and restaurants.  It is a successful area thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of liberals, to be honest.  Maybe that’s why it has been targeted.

Otherwise, the people here are going about our business and waiting.  Al Sharpton is supposed to be in town for the weekend and there is a whole series of events lined up.  It’s Halloween weekend, Al.  This is the last hurrah of outdoor festivals and street parties until the Wiener Dog Derby in the Mardi Gras run-up.  The kids are warming up the bad jokes to tell in exchange for candy, as per St. Louis tradition.  Do the national people not know that all the old mansions and breweries have haunted houses all month?  This is part of the fun of living here.  Most of us would much rather be dressing up in ghoulish costumes and having fun.  Really, if it wasn’t for all the media attention, would he bother to come to town?

As things develop, more posts will be coming.  In the meantime, join with us and the Pink Sisters of the north side in praying for snow.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.

10 Comments on "Word From Ferguson: Police Chief Is Not Resigning"

  1. There is no way he should resign, he did nothing wrong. As for Wilson, he was only doing his job. Brown was in a convenience store and stole whatever and he certainly should have known their was consequences to his actions. Yet brown took it further so he only has himself to blame for his shooting. Joe Arpio should be cheif…he would get this mess cleared up! a
    gree, people there need to get a life and stop this BS, there are more important things to worry about and that is ISIS.

  2. Keli Grantham Steadham | 10/30/2014 at 3:22 PM |

    Why do these thugs expect an innocent man to be fired? Officer Wilson did nothing wrong. He will never be safe working in that area, but he shouldn’t be fired and anyone who thinks otherwise should be fired from whatever job THEY hold. As far as the chief of police, he should be reprimanded for throwing his officer under the bus but he shouldn’t lose his job over it. A man shot another man to save his own life. Period. The only reason anyone is upset about it is because the officer is white and the thug he shot is black. And it gives them a cockamamie excuse to riot.

  3. Patrick Wilson Sr. | 10/30/2014 at 2:11 PM |

    Glad the Chief is not resigning! Those people on the street NEED TO GET A LIFE AND SHUT THE HELL UP.. MOVE ON PEOPLE.. THE INVESTIGATION CONCLUSION SHOWING THAT BROWN WAS IN FACT INSIDE THE POLICE CAR WHILE SHOOTING HAPPENED.. SO MANY FALSE LYING WITNESSES SAYING OTHERWISE. GLAD THE POLICE DEPT AND OFFICER WILSON PREVAIL THIS CRAP. CLOSE THIS CHAPTER AND MOVE ON! Beside I saw the news about Brown’s mother.. she ain’t exactly no angel I’ll tell ya that! LOL.. No wonder, it’s a mother’s fault for her son being killed.. by her being unfit mother!

  4. Lonnie Allen | 10/30/2014 at 1:22 PM |

    Why should he resigned he didn’t burn loot and riot boycott MSNBC they pay a racist to be on the air !!!!!

  5. Cynthia Price | 10/30/2014 at 10:15 AM |

    If it wasn’t for Thomas Jackson, I would not be alive today. I fully support my Godfather in all decisions he makes. Stop making people out to be victims and start taking responsibility for your actions. Pants up Don’t loot!

  6. angry taxpayer | 10/30/2014 at 8:56 AM |

    If Sharpton and Jackson come back is there not a law “inciting a riot” where they could and should be arrested and charged.?

  7. David Mangum | 10/30/2014 at 12:14 AM |


  8. Jim Bowen | 10/29/2014 at 11:30 PM |

    And he shouldn’t resign, cops did their job, end of story, move on and stop your damn whining

  9. Don Stack | 10/29/2014 at 11:12 PM |

    Look who is reporting, CNN & MSNBC Al Sharpton works for MSNBC

  10. Ragman69 | 10/29/2014 at 10:17 PM |

    What did the police do wrong? From what facts I’ve seen and know, Ferguson convenience stores are safer under this chief and his deputies now that one criminal is dead.

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