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Lewis, Stokes clash over Hinds County Jail riot

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Obstruction of justice, that's what Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes could be facing after releasing unverified documents to the media highlighting why a jail riot broke out less than two weeks ago.

"He needs to determine whether he is going to be the supervisor or he's going to be the sheriff, said Sheriff Tyrone Lewis. "And right now he doesn't qualify to be the sheriff."

That statement came after Supervisor Stokes released unverified documents during a news conference claiming to know why the latest jail riot happened.

The memo Stokes released claimed a jailer wrote that an inmate who is a Vice Lord was moved into a pod with rival gang members, the Gangster Disciples.

"Who made the decision to move the Vice Lords into the Gangster's building and leave them unprotected?" asked Stokes. "He needs to be fired. And then somebody needs to look at criminal charges, people are dead."

Stokes said this is the reason the deadly riot broke out and whoever is accountable needs to be reprimanded.

"It's just not the sheriff, it's the jail administrator," said Stokes. "You have a job to do and it's time to stop pointing fingers. The sheriff said, it's Kenny Stokes, it's the judges, it's the DA. Everybody but the sheriff and the jail administrator."

After taking a look at the paperwork, Sheriff Lewis says it's fabricated.

Lewis points out that the documents are not signed, therefore not making it an official record.

Sheriff Lewis says Supervisor Stokes is breaking the law and is not qualified to be investigating this situation.

"It's an ongoing investigation that's pending and any and all comments made by anyone at this particular time except the investigators of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is actually interfering with an on going investigation and obstruction of justice which they could possibly be arrested for," said Sheriff Lewis.

Stokes wants the Justice Department to investigate what happened.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.

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