Some of those participating in the protests have told reporters that the police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday brought to a head long-simmering tensions between police and the community. The Ferguson police department is almost entirely white in a city that is two-thirds African-American.
Jackson acknowledged that the shooting had brought "an undertow... to the surface" and pledged "to fix what's wrong."
"I'm being advised now by the community relations, number of measures that we can use to improve race relations, community relations," he said. "Tell me what to do and we'll do it."