Ferguson, Mo. hires a black officer as interim police chief

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

City of Ferguson names black officer from Arizona department as new interim police chief days before Michael Brown anniversary.

The City of Ferguson, Mo. will announce Wednesday — almost one year after the police shooting death of Michael Brown — that it has chosen a black officer from Arizona as its interim police chief. FERGUSON • City leaders are expected to hire an Army veteran with a boxing background, now a police commander in Glendale, Ariz., to be Ferguson’s second interim top cop, the Post-Dispatch has learned.Mayor James Knowles, along with Interim City Manager, Ed Beasley, will announce Glendale, Arizona Commander Andre Anderson as the city’s new police chief. City officials will name Andre Anderson, 50, a commander with the Glendale, Ariz. police department, as Ferguson’s new interim chief, giving him control of a 45-officer suburban police department that has faced international scrutiny following the shooting of Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by Darren Wilson, a white officer, in August. “He is extremely well-qualified,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told Reuters. “He will bring us a fresh perspective coming from outside the St. Louis region.” The incident and subsequent investigations by the Department of Justice prompted a massive upheaval in Ferguson city government, including the resignations of then-police chief Tom Jackson and city manager John Shaw.

Among the findings of the federal review was that officers were specifically targeting black and poor residents, using tickets to raise revenue for the city, and frequently using unnecessary physical force. That came days after a Justice Department report cited racial bias and profiling in Ferguson policing alongside a profit-driven municipal court system that frequently targets blacks. Louis region.” Brown’s Aug. 9 slaying set off months of protests and anger that percolated into the ongoing “Black Lives Matter” movement, which has taken aim at police agencies around the country for the high incidence of blacks killed at the hands of law enforcement. Anderson has spent 24 years at the Glendale Police Department where, according to several articles by the Arizona Republic, he has mentored and coached at-risk youth at a local boxing gym.

The profile says Anderson grew up in Philadelphia, boxed his way through the Army as a “formidable amateur” and later moved to Arizona and won two professional fights. The Ferguson city council recently named Ed Beasley, another former employee in the 226,000 person city of Glendale, Ariz., as city manager, according to the St. His online résumé lists his title as Criminal Investigations Commander for Glendale police, and says he holds a master’s degree in education and leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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