Mayor: Ferguson Cop Fired Over Racist Emails
He says changes underway after DOJ report
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2015 11:11 PM CST
Updated Mar 5, 2015 1:40 AM CST
Protestors block traffic outside the Ferguson, Mo., police department, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – The mayor of Ferguson, Mo., says big changes are already underway after the release of a scathing Department of Justice report on the city's police force. Mayor James Knowles says one police official involved in sending racist emails has been fired and two more have been suspended pending an investigation, NBC News reports. "Let me be clear: This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department, or in any department in the City of Ferguson," Knowles said at a press conference last night. "These actions taken by these individuals are in no way representative of the employees of the City of Ferguson."

Knowles didn't take any questions at the press conference, where Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson was nowhere to be seen, reports KSDK. Knowles didn't say whether Jackson would keep his job, but he outlined moves, including diversity training for all officers, efforts to recruit more African-Americans, and changes to the municipal court system, according to KSDK. State and local officials were largely supportive of the federal report's findings and called for reforms in Ferguson and other departments, St. Louis Public Radio reports. "The DOJ report confirms that changes must be made in Ferguson. If city leaders don't fix this, the state should," tweeted Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.