Stokes responds to criticism over his "rocks, bricks" statement - - Jackson, MS

Stokes responds to criticism over his "rocks, bricks" statement

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In his first public response since last week's controversial remarks, Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes talked to reporters at City Hall Sunday, but offered no apology about his comments toward law enforcement.

Stokes said he believes race is a factor when it comes to police chases from other jurisdictions coming into the Capital City.

The Ward 3 councilman also had choice words to say about one member of metro area law enforcement.

"What I don't respect is thugs with a gun and a badge," Stokes said.

Stokes talked to reporters for more than half an hour about the comments he made on New Year's Eve, comments that sent law enforcement into a frenzy.

Stokes said he believes these chases from other jurisdictions into Jackson are racially motivated.

"I was on the council when it was a white mayor, and a white majority council, and a white police chief. You didn't have any of these chases," Stokes said.

The councilman said he's concerned about children and elderly being injured or even killed during high-speed chases into the Capital City.

He also addressed the words that stirred up so much controversy.

"My suggestion -- bricks, rocks, or bottles. I did not say "Go get some bricks, rocks and bottles and throw them today! Go get a gun and let's shoot 'em!" So don't try to inflame people and tell them I said something I didn't say. Everything I say is taped!" Stokes said.

He's right about one thing. During our interview Thursday, he was taped, using the pronoun "we"

"As these jurisdictions come into Jackson, we throw rocks, bricks and bottles at them," Stokes said last Thursday.

At the end of the presser, a reporter asked what Stokes thought of other sheriffs criticizing his method.

"The first thing I'd say to the sheriff in Rankin County, is he a dumb bastard," Stokes said.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey responded, saying he feels the councilman symbolizes everything that's wrong with the city of Jackson.

"I'll challenge him. Come over here and throw a brick at me while I'm running down the road. Come on Highway 80 bridge there and throw a rock at me, and I promise you I'll have you out picking up trash for the next few years on the side of the road," Bailey said.

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