Ferguson, Missouri, police chief may be rethinking his vow not to resign

Story highlights

  • Thomas Jackson is considering what steps to take, head of public service group says
  • Cedric Alexander: "I think he's pondering what he needs to do for himself"
  • Michael Brown's mother says she would support the chief's resignation
  • Jackson vowed Thursday to stay on the job
The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, may be considering whether to step down after months of protests following the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.
Cedric Alexander, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE, said Chief Thomas Jackson, whom Alexander considers a friend, told him Friday morning that he's "beginning to rethink" comments he made to CNN about not stepping down from his post.
Alexander, who is also the director of public safety for DeKalb County, Georgia, said it's hard to tell whether Jackson might be planning to step down at this time.
'We've had conversations about him separating. I do feel it would be a benefit for Jackson to step aside and give the community time to heal," Alexander said in an interview on CNN on Friday.
"I think he's pondering what he needs to do for himself," Alexander added.
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Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said she's in favor of Jackson stepping aside
"I want justice for my son, and if that includes Chief Jackson resigning, then yes," she said when asked if she'd like to see Jackson relinquish his post.
In an interview Thursday on CNN, Jackson vowed to "stay and see this through," insisting he won't bow to pressure to resign after several months of community unrest.
"I certainly have the support of the Police Department and the community. I have a lot of support in the community," he said. "I think this is my job to complete, and I'm going to do it."
Jackson made those comments as the Justice Department investigates the Brown shooting and a grand jury hears evidence in the case.