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Ferguson Gets Black Interim Police Chief

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Ferguson, Missouri has appointed Andre Anderson to be the city’s interim police chief, USA Today reports.

Anderson, 50, was police commander in Glendale, Arizona. He said his first goal was “simply to build trust” within the community.

In addition to the announcement, Mayor James Knowles also announced that the city would be getting body cameras for its police officers.

Ferguson became the focus of national attention last August after police officer Darren Wilson fatally wounded 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was walking to his grandmother’s house.

The previous police chief, Tom Jackson, along with Ferguson’s city manager and municipal judge left their jobs earlier this year after the Justice Department published a report that found that Ferguson police and the city’s municipal court system had engaged in systematic patterns of misconduct that overwhelmingly targeted Black residents.