"Asked at an event in Washington on Wednesday about reports that Chief Jackson might be leaving, Mr. Holder said: “It’s pretty clear that the need for wholesale change in that department is appropriate. The exact form of that change, I think we’ll wait until we complete our inquiry.”
Brian Fallon, a Justice Department spokesman, said the attorney general was not arguing for replacing the chief, but was referring to fixing structural problems he had identified when the investigation was announced earlier this year.
In Ferguson, firing a police chief requires a two-thirds majority vote at a hearing of the City Council. The chief could be fired only if he was guilty of certain violations described in state law, including committing a felony or endangering public safety.
Mark J. Byrne, a member of the Ferguson City Council, said there had been “no discussion whatsoever” of Chief Jackson’s resignation among council members. He also said that dissolving the police force had never been considered as an option among council members and that he would be strongly opposed to such a move." NY Times
Someone explain to by what legal authority Eric Holder proposes to re-organize the government of Ferguson, Misouri. pl