MO-Racial-makeup-of-Ferguson-policeEven though the population of Ferguson is overwhelmingly African American, only three of the 53 officers on the force are African American.
"Diversity is one of those things we've been trying to do since I've been with the department," said Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
Jackson said he has been recruiting officers from minority backgrounds and has also been offering better pay. Jackson said the department has lost some minority officers because of better offers from other departments.
"Its an issue that's come up alongside the tragedy that happened Saturday," Jackson said.
Pastor Spencer Llamar Booker of the St. Paul AME Church met with Jackson Tuesday.
"An officer that is sworn to protect and serve, whether white or black, must be accountable for their actions," Booker said