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Miami Officer Picked to Be Ferguson Police Chief

April 01, 2016  | 

Maj. Delrish Moss, a former homicide detective who serves as spokesman for the Miami Police Department, has been named the new chief of police for Ferguson, MO, the city announced late Thursday afternoon.

Moss was one of four finalists announced about a month ago to replace Thomas Jackson, who resigned after a Justice Department report strongly criticized the city's police and municipal court practices. That report was triggered by the controversial shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer in 2014, setting off riots, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Our officers have worked extremely hard to implement community policing and community engagement in their daily practices," City Manager De'Carlon Seewood said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Moss is the right man for the job to continue those initiatives."

Moss has been the Miami Police Department's public voice for controversies ranging from use-of-force issues to whether officers miffed at a Super Bowl performance by Beyoncé might refuse to work security at a subsequent concert. He joined the department in 1984.

He is president of the Miami Police Athletic League, which reaches out to youths, and is on the board of the Urban League of Greater Miami and an organization called A Safe Haven for Newborns. He also is a member of the NAACP, National Association of Black Journalists and Tender Essence Inc., which deals with issues such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse and violence.

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/1/2016 9:27 PM

I hope that Maj. Moss will make a good Chief, but I have my doubts. The fact that he's a member of the NAACP raises a red flag. I'm afraid that he'll say that all the FPD Officers are racist and give them counseling or retraining. Possibly he'll fire some of them for nothing more than what lies DOJ made up to comfort the poor black populace. Utter nonsense. Last year some Officers there were fired for mocking Obama; most of us do the same thing all the time, at least I do. The leaders of this country are against Law Enforcement nowadays. Why does Obama send government reps to the funerals of these black thugs, but not even say a word about the heroic Police Officers who give their lives to protect their communities from the black (or other races) thugs. I have no respect for the current administration.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/2/2016 9:36 AM

From what I understand the State of Washington State Patrol is begging for qualified people to join the organization. If I were those officers from the Ferguson area I would consider that even if it means relocation. Might also consider Idaho.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/2/2016 10:03 AM

It'd definitely be worth it to relocate. Idaho is a great state to live in. You don't have all the politics in policing up there as you do in, say, Ferguson, or CA. I'm worried that they're bringing Moss in to "cleanse" the FPD of all the "racists" the DOJ uncovered. The DOJ had no business getting involved.

jackjumpin @ 4/3/2016 4:05 AM

Why not just give the man a chance. We had the opportunity to apply for the job, and didn't. We should just wish him the best and move on. Jon when so many individuals leave an agency that they are begging for help perhaps ask why.

kevCopAz @ 4/3/2016 7:46 AM

I agree, give the man a chance. I fear more that no matter who is the chief there that department has a target painted on its back and everyone in politics and the BLM folks along with the anti-police folks will not stop until every officer (white) there is gone or the entire police department is disbanded. I wish him luck, hope he got his pension from Miami AND a no cut (pay me out) 5 year contract with Ferguson! The average police chief in ALL cities doesn't stay long now a days and in that place, I give anyone who take the job 2 years at the max or till the next big deal (made up or not) comes along.

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