Ferguson hires another interim police chief

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, July 22 2015 Jul 22, 2015 Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:16:00 AM CDT July 22, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

FERGUSON (AP) - The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is getting a new interim police chief as the anniversary of the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown nears.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and interim City Manager Ed Beasley announced on Wednesday the hiring of Andre Anderson, a police commander in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona.

The announcement occurred at the Ferguson Community Center.

Anderson becomes the second interim chief since Police Chief Thomas Jackson stepped down in March. His resignation came days after a Justice Department report cited racial bias and profiling in Ferguson policing and a profit-driven municipal court system that frequently targeted blacks.

The Justice Department scrutiny came after the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown. Officer Darren Wilson was cleared, though the shooting and eventual decision not to charge Wilson sparked often-violent protests.

Anderson will take a six-month leave of absence from Glendale and begin duties in Ferguson Thursday.

[Editor's note: This story and its headline have been updated to include the most recent and relevant information.]

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