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Ferguson hires black interim police chief

FERGUSON, Missouri — The city has named Andre Anderson, an African-American, as its interim police chief.

Anderson said Wednesday that his first plan of action is “simply to build trust” and develop community policing in the area.

“I believe I am the right person for this particular job,” he said.

He said he also wants to attract qualified applicants to the department and try to have the staff better reflect the community’s demographics.

Anderson had been a commander in the Glendale, Arizona, Police Department.

He will succeed former Chief Thomas Jackson, a white man who resigned in March after the Justice Department released a report exposing problems in the city’s policing tactics and faulting Ferguson’s officers for seeing residents as “sources of revenue,” a practice that federal investigators said disproportionately targeted African Americans.

The report also found evidence of racist jokes sent by Ferguson police and court officials.

The Justice Department launched its investigation after a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, in August, setting off months of sometimes violent street protests in the St. Louis suburb.

Both a grand jury and the Justice Department declined to bring charges against Wilson, who said he shot Brown in self-defense.

CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton and Sara Sidner contributed to this report.