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Reaction from protesters, and a fellow city manager, after Ferguson city manager resigns Live
UPDATE: With news of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson's resignation, protesters again reacted on Twitter.
#Ferguson Chief Resignation is necessary-but it's going to take more than personnel changes to fix racism in policing. This is a step, tho.
It shouldn't take a federal report to get justice in Ferguson. People have demanded these officials step down for months.
I won't be satisfied until Darren Wilson is behind bars. However with Shaw and Jackson gone, hopefully Mayor Knowles will leave too
I'm not playing the #Ferguson who resigned game Part III. Today is the last day of voter registration for April muni elections
I have a community to activate and encourage to get educated and vote in the April election
We have 2 remember that the resignation & firing of individual people will not fix the broken system itself. We need transformative change!
We want certain officials gone, but we also have to avoid creating scapegoats. There's no point in swapping individuals in a broken system!
People are losing their jobs! This is the first step. We have more work to do, people.
Protests work. Had it not been for the protests, exactly how they unfolded, every fire, every ounce of black rage, we would've been unheard.
The #DOJ report showed us that proliferation of bias in #Ferguson was *cultural.* Thus, we need a culture+policy shift-not just ppl changes
City Manager John Shaw's resignation and Chief Jackson's resignation are both necessary and important. But neither are justice.
Ferguson's city manager, John Shaw, is the most recent resignation after the Department of Justice reports. The low-profile figure had more power than any of Ferguson's elected officials.
The Ferguson City Council approved the resignation at a meeting yesterday, Tuesday, March 10.
The Post-Dispatch reporter at the meeting was Stephen Deere.
#Ferguson city officials aren't providing any details of Shaw's severance. Key question: How long will he continue to be paid?
On #Ferguson City Manager John Shaw's severance package remember sometimes the Divorce is more expensive than the wedding.
Besides some questions about who would take over Shaw's duties and his severance agreement, protesters and other leaders had varied reactions to the news.
Sherrilyn Ifill is the president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund:
Just heard that #Ferguson City Manager John Shaw resigned. Finally. I'm looking at you Mayor Knowles. Now, time to talk abt new structure.
Two of the protest organizers, Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson, had this to say:
John Shaw resigned at the #Ferguson meeting tonight! Who is NEXT TO GO!!?!?! 👀👀👀
John Shaw was BEYOND problematic. He SHOULD'VE been fired.
John Shaw's resignation is important, as he has flown under the radar since August but had considerable power. Now, fire the rest.
214 days. The judge is out. The city manager is out. Now, Chief Jackson and Mayor Knowles have to go. Then disband the police department.
To every protestor, tonight is a reminder that change is often slow, but it will come if we keep the fight.
These resignations are necessary and important. But they are not justice. Justice is Darren Wilson in jail. Justice is McCulloch disbarred.
Mike Brown is still dead. And Darren Wilson is still free. And the Ferguson Police Department continues its reign of terror. No justice yet.
And all those fines that Ferguson stole from citizens? Let Ferguson be the model for 2015 reparations.
Ferguson used fines to tax black people for being black. At the least, the people deserve that money back. Call it reparations. Or Justice.
Now we just need Nixon, Mcculloch, Jackson, Knowles, Dotson, and Belmar to shake. Roorda needs to go home because he's already out.
We need Shaw to be replaced by a black person. Real talk.
Another long-time protester:
What am I doing outside the Ferguson PD all by myself ? GLOATING!
Abolish all outstanding traffic tickets in #Ferguson Mayor Knowles vs Chief Jackson
And, as St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French points out:
Not everyone is happy about the Ferguson city manager's resignation... https://t.co/9VB7duFCp4 http://t.co/j5HVDNmxbn
I am saddened to read of John Shaw's resignation tonight. He is a dynamic city manager with high ethics. It has become a witch hunt.
Her message drew another set of reactions. Among the more polite ones:
@amyhami If that is how you feel than I don't want you representing my city. Unacceptable.
@bassem_masri @amyhami Somebody give Amy a clue that sometimes there are "witches" and in this case we've found 5 already.
@amyhami Just for tweeting this nonsense you should be next to go. There is no "witch hunt" in #Ferguson. It's called a Day of Reckoning.
@amyhami | Amy on the subject of ethical are you trying to infer targeting extorting & terrorizing Minorities is ethical?