Looting and rioting erupted once again after the Nov. 24th decision was handed down clearing Officer Darren Wilson of all charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“We are recommitted to rebuilding the city and to once again becoming a thriving community for economic development and residential stability,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said at a news conference.
“We are working hard with local and regional partners to reestablish resources available,” he added.
The decision made by the Grand Jury has revived long standing discussions about race relations, especially where white officers are involved. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has stated that the case here “should have never gone to the Grand Jury”. That in fact, the city should have stood by Wilson.
Darren Wilson has resigned from the police force, and the Mayor, along with the City Commission have decided not to provide Wilson with a severance package. Wilson cited fears for city residents, and his fellow officers in the decision.
Some local residents have called repeatedly for the resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson as well.
St. Louis politician Antonio French has stated in an interview to ABC News that “It’s impossible for this community to move forward with him still in that role.”
Jackson himself released a brief statement on Sunday, stating again that he had no intention of resigning.
The mayor also unveiled plans and incentives to increase the racial mix of the police department, which is overwhelmingly white, even though Ferguson has a predominantly black population.