Gov. Bryant calls for investigation into comments made by Stokes - - Jackson, MS

Gov. Bryant calls for investigation into comments made by Stokes

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Governor Phil Bryant is condemning the remarks made by Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes about law enforcement officers.

Gov. Bryant released this statement: 

“Mr. Stokes’ remarks are reprehensible, particularly with the attacks we have seen against our men and women in law enforcement. I condemn any such remarks in the strongest possible manner. This is nothing short of an outright assault upon all who wear the badge. I will be asking Attorney General Jim Hood to investigate whether Mr. Stokes’ remarks represent criminal threats against law enforcement officers.”

In an interview with reporters on Thursday, Stokes said that police from surrounding cities put Jackson children in danger when they chase people on neighborhood streets. He says he'd like black leadership to team up and use force. 

"What I suggest, we get the black leadership together, and as these jurisdictions come into Jackson, we throw rocks, bricks and bottles at them. That will send a message we don't want you in here."

Stokes' remarks have been met with criticism by other local officials and have caused a social media outrage.

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