Embattled Ferguson chief calls Holder remarks 'irresponsible'

Criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's recent call for "wholesale change" in the department


Associated Press

FERGUSON, Mo. — The embattled police chief of the suburban St. Louis town where a white officer's fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old remains under investigation has criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's recent call for "wholesale change" in the department.

Ferguson chief Tom Jackson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Holder's comments in Washington this week were "irresponsible" while federal investigations into both Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death and the broader Ferguson police operations are still going on.

A St. Louis County grand jury considering whether to bring criminal charges against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Jackson said he is "low-hanging fruit" after a series of published reports suggesting he was being forced to step down to soothe department critics. The chief said he has no plans to resign.

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