Ferguson city manager resigns — latest city official to go since shooting, Justice Dept. report
(CNN) — Ferguson City Manager John Shaw resigned Tuesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report.
The report blames Ferguson, Missouri, police and courts for abusive behavior that disproportionately targets African-American residents.
“Over the last several months I have done everything in my power to work with countless groups to bring about positive change and strengthen our community,” Shaw wrote in his resignation letter.
He continued: “During this time I have also worked closely with the Department of Justice to identify opportunities to improve, and then moved quickly to implement its recommendations for change.
“And while I certainly respect the work that the DOJ recently performed in their investigation and report on the City of Ferguson, I must state clearly that my office has never instructed the police department to target African Americans, nor falsify charges to administer fines, nor heap abuses on the backs of the poor.
“Any inferences of that kind from the report are simply false.”
The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., has been beleaguered by unrest since a white police officer fatally shot black, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown last summer.
A St. Louis County grand jury and the Justice Department both declined to bring charges against former police officer Darren Wilson, who has resigned. The Justice Department report said Wilson acted in self-defense when he shot Brown.
The Justice Department report already has led to a Missouri appeals court judge being tapped to overhaul the local court system.
Also, racist emails included in the report led to the firing of the Ferguson city clerk and resignation of two police officers.