City Council to honor James Craig Anderson and Family - - Jackson, MS

City Council to honor James Craig Anderson and Family

James Craig Anderson. Source: WLBT James Craig Anderson. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Tuesday, the City Council will honor the life of James Craig Anderson and recognize the Anderson Family during the regular meeting at 10 a.m.

In 2011, Anderson was murdered by a group of white teenagers who routinely led racially motivated attacks against black people in Jackson.

Those involved were later convicted under the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

“We just passed an ordinance that will ensure the accurate documenting of hate crimes, so we can become more proactive and not reactive to racially-motivated acts of violence,” said Council President DeKeither Stamps.

Just recently, the City Council unanimously passed a measure requiring local law enforcement officials to undergo training to accurately report and document hate crimes committed in the city.

The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman De’Keither Stamps, requires officers to complete training on the nature of hate crimes, identifying victims and perpetrators of hate crimes, and the procedures for recording hate crime statistics.

It also requires the police chief to develop guidelines for collecting and documenting hate crime data.  

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