- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, says he’s still reviewing a Justice Department report that lays bare what U.S. investigators contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the St. Louis suburb.

Thomas Jackson, in a text exchange Thursday with an Associated Press reporter, declined an interview request about the government report that calls for sweeping reforms of Ferguson’s police force and municipal court.

Jackson has not spoken publicly in recent weeks as federal investigators neared the end of their monthslong probe of his department following last August’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by then-officer Darren Wilson.

The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared Wilson in its investigation of whether he violated Brown’s civil rights.

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