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Two police officers were shot in Ferguson early Thursday morning, just hours after the city’s police chief resigned.

“These police officers were standing there, and they were shot just because they were police officers,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.

But neither of those struck was from the Ferguson Police Department. One, a 14-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was shot in the shoulder. The other, a 7-year veteran of the Webster Groves Police Department, was struck in the face, Belmar said.

The officers were in serious condition Thursday morning. It’s not clear who the shooter was.

Police from an array of jurisdictions in Missouri were in Ferguson keeping an eye on the protestors at the time.

Several protesters said the shooter was not near the crowd of demonstrators, but was up on a grassy hill.

The gunman was “no less than 100 feet” away, one protester said

This comes just after Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson stepped down, finally.

It had been expected.

He says he did it on his own and was not forced out.

Beyond his statement to the media, he sent me a personal note saying, “I am encouraged by the final paragraph (conclusion) of the DOJ report.  We agree that Ferguson can do the tough work to see this through and emerge the best small town it can be.”

He’s right, at least about the tough work part.

There has been so damage done that I’m not sure the rift can be healed and I’m not sure a new chief will change people’s minds in the community.

I’m hopeful, but not convinced.

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