Police chief still on the job after racial profiling report

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was still on the job Friday, two days after a government report blasted his beleaguered department for years of racial profiling, and the mayor refused to speculate about the chief’s future, saying his role was not to “just chop heads.”

Meanwhile, three Ferguson employees implicated in racist emails exposed by that report are now gone from their jobs, the mayor said. One was identified as a city court clerk.

Calls for Jackson’s removal were renewed again this week after the Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown, of federal civil rights charges in the death of the 18-year-old, who was black and unarmed.

A second report released simultaneously found patterns of racial profiling, bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement and court practices in the St. Louis suburb that has come to represent the tension between minorities and American police nationwide.

Asked about Jackson in an interview, Mayor James Knowles III said only, “He’s still the chief.”


Former Vice President Mondale at Mayo Clinic with the flu

Former Vice President Walter Mondale is hospitalized with the flu.

Mondale was supposed to introduce former President Jimmy Carter on Friday at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Instead, Carter told the crowd that his former vice president was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Carter told the audience that he spoke with the 87-year-old Mondale and “he told me to tell everyone that he is doing well.”

Messages left Friday with the Mayo Clinic and with Mondale’s son Ted were not immediately returned.

In addition to serving as vice president, Mondale was a U.S. senator and ambassador to Japan.

– From news service reports