Last Thursday night a man armed with a knife was shot by a Jackson Police officer. It didn't take long for Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes to fault the police officer and lead a protest.
Police officers have a difficult and sometimes dangerous job. They have to make split-second, life-and-death decisions.
When anyone acts in a threatening manner with a deadly weapon in their hand, they have put themselves at risk. Convenience-store personnel are constant targets for armed robberies, and they certainly have the right to protect themselves.
The officer involved in the shooting has been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard procedure.
How about we let JPD get the facts and complete their investigation? It looks like Councilman Stokes gets most of his exercise by jumping to conclusions.
For Councilman Stokes' response to this editorial, click here.
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