Last Updated Mar 11, 2015 9:40 PM EDT

Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson resigned his position Wednesday, a high-ranking city official confirmed to CBS News.

The development comes a week after a Department of Justice report heavily criticized the Ferguson police department for bias against African American citizens.

The report charged that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they’re less likely to be carrying contraband.

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