The mayor of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb torn apart by clashes over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, said the community must move on.
His remarks came after the resignation of officer Darren Wilson, who shot Mr Brown, announced his resignation.
Mayor James Knowles said he had not asked for Wilson's resignation, and even though the officer expressed an interest "in a future here," Mr Knowles said he wanted the city to turn a page.
"I think it is best that we continue to move on as a community," he said.
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