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Mississippi councilmember's police comments incite controversy

6 years 9 months 2 days ago Saturday, January 02 2016 Jan 2, 2016 January 02, 2016 8:05 PM January 02, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow
Image: CNN

JACKSON, Miss. - A Jackson city councilmember is coming under fire for comments he made suggesting people throw rocks, bricks and bottles on police officers from other jurisdictions who chase misdemeanor suspects into the city.

Local media reported that Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes said Thursday that high speed chases by officers from neighboring jurisdictions for misdemeanors put children and the elderly in danger.

He said people should "...throw rocks, and bricks and bottles at them."

Law enforcement and government officials have blasted Stokes.

Gov. Phil Bryant called the comments "reprehensible" in a statement late Friday and that he would be asking the attorney general to investigate the councilmember's remarks.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said on Twitter authorities must respect jurisdictional boundaries, but he does not condone violence against officers.

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