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This followed the shooting of two police officers who were wounded during a protest last night. The protest was held in front of the Ferguson Police Department where the two officers were wounded.
The protest occurred following announcement of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson’s resignation. Jackson Wednesday announced his resignation, to be effective March 19 with Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff to be acting chief while the city conducts a search for a replacement.
The two wounded policemen, one 31, from Webster Groves was shot in the face and the other 41 with the St. Louis County Police shot in the shoulder were released from the hospital today according to a St. Louis County Police spokesman.
According to reports the shooter has not been apprehended and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged the power of his office to help apprehend the shooter. Holder said the incident was a “pure ambush” and described the shooter as a “damn punk trying to sow discord.” Holder condemned it as a “disgusting and cowardly attack” and that whoever did it was trying to unravel any sense of progress made since the Justice Department issued its report on the Ferguson situation.
Holder made his remarks at a conference revealing a federal program to help improve relations between law enforcement and the community. Six pilot cities will be involved.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar held a press conference early Thursday comparing the shooting to the one in December 2014 suffered by the New York Police Department.
Following the Justice Department’s report on the situation in Ferguson, the city manager resigned Tuesday. A court clerk was fired and two police officers resigned following the discovery of racist E-mails. Ferguson Municipal Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer resigned Monday afternoon after the Missouri Supreme Court announced it was reassigning all Ferguson municipal cases to Circuit Court. Judge Roy L. Richter of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, will take over the Ferguson court’s caseload.