Andre Anderson is the new interim police chief for the Ferguson Police Department. According to the black-only news feed of NBC News, NBCBLK, Anderson is a 24-year veteran of the Glendale, Arizona force. His six-month leave from his previous post could become permanent at the end of his service in Ferguson, the report states.
Anderson spoke at the Wednesday announcement:
There's a lot of work to be done. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
Anderson will lead 45 officers in a department that has been the target of Justice Department investigations into racist practices since the shooting death of Michael Brown last August. After Police Chief Tom Jackson resigned, it was decided that an out-of-towner would be the best pick to replace the outgoing chief.
And the fact that Anderson is black is just a "bonus," says Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. "I think Andre has the right mentality toward policing, he has the right mentality toward people," he added.
Though Anderson will lead the department in moving forward complete with bias awareness training for officers and attempting to add more black officers to reflect Ferguson's racial demographics, Mayor Knowles assures that Anderson looks at the city's citizens as "all humans" not as "people in specific categories."
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