Massive reform package developing in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Big changes may be coming to the Ferguson Police Department. A source tells FOX 2 that Chief Tom Jackson could be stepping down. CNN is also reporting that information but the chief has denied the claims.

A source familiar with the discussions about Ferguson changes says leaders from local mayors to state lawmakers to members of congress are working out details of a massive Ferguson reform package. That plan could be revealed in the coming days or weeks.

The source says possible changes in that large scale plan include Chief Jackson stepping down, the termination of officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown back on August 9th, and the St. Louis County Police Department assuming operation of the Ferguson Police Department.

Leaders in Ferguson and St. Louis County say they don't have any knowledge of any proposed reforms.

Chief Jackson sent a text message to FOX 2 saying that talk of him stepping down is "not true." He says that he's not planning to resign.

The sources also says that conversations go beyond changes in Ferguson. He says there is talk about dissolving more than 30 communities in our area.

On Tuesday night, the Ferguson City Council met and approved a non-binding resolution endorsing a new state law that would establish the same process for handling cases where a police officer uses deadly force anywhere in Missouri.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told CNN at the meeting that the city is standing by Jackson and there is no change in that.

Knowles also spoke with FOX 2 about the need for general change as it applied to the resolution that the council passed.