JPD chief says police chases into Jackson put citizens at risk - - Jackson, MS

JPD chief says police chases into Jackson put citizens at risk

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Last week, Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes said in a press conference that "rocks, bricks and bottles" should be thrown at police from outside jurisdictions that come into Jackson.

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

Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said this about Kenneth Stokes' comments:

"Retaliation against law enforcement is an action that I vehemently disagree with. I do not agree with throwing rocks, bottles and bricks at police officers.

I also do not agree with the high speed vehicle pursuits conducted by outside agencies into the City of Jackson. It is my belief that any high speed chase has the potential to destroy property and place the lives and safety of innocent citizens at an unnecessary risk during attempts to capture misdemeanor suspects.

The preservation of peace, reduction of fear and provision of a safe environment for our law enforcement officers and for the innocent citizens of our city, remain the focus of our mission and our top priority."

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