FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson is hiring a black interim police chief, a local media report says — a move coming after the U.S. Justice Department examined the shooting of Michael Brown and determined the mostly white police contingent had discriminated against African-Americans in the Missouri city.
Andre Anderson, previously a commander with police in Glendale, Arizona, will be introduced Wednesday morning as Ferguson’s interim police chief, CNN affiliate KMOV in St. Louis reported.
The city of Ferguson will announce a new interim police chief at about 9 a.m. CT (10 a.m. ET), city representative Jeff Small told CNN.
Anderson, in at least a temporary capacity, would succeed former Chief Thomas Jackson, a white man who resigned in March after the Justice Department released a report exposing problems in the city’s policing tactics and faulting Ferguson’s officers for seeing residents as “sources of revenue,” a practice that federal investigators said disproportionately targeted African-Americans.
The report also found evidence of racist jokes sent by Ferguson police and court officials.
The Justice Department launched its investigation after a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed Brown, a black teenager, in August, setting off months of sometimes violent street protests in the St. Louis suburb.
Both a grand jury and the Justice Department declined to bring charges against Wilson, who said he shot Brown in self-defense.