Stokes comments spark police pursuit discussion - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Stokes comments spark police pursuit discussion

When it comes to police pursuits there's apparently not one specific policy that applies to every department. Source: WLBT When it comes to police pursuits there's apparently not one specific policy that applies to every department. Source: WLBT
All departments say they won't change their pursuit policies because of Councilman Stokes' comments. Source: WLBT All departments say they won't change their pursuit policies because of Councilman Stokes' comments. Source: WLBT
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Monday, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said he talked to the Attorney General's Office, and filed a formal complaint against Jackson Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

Sheriff Tucker says he wants Stokes to face charges for the comments he made last week threatening to throw rocks, bricks and bottles at police that chase suspects into Jackson.

When it comes to police pursuits there's apparently not one specific policy that applies to every department.

Each agency goes about it in their own way, with a goal of catching the criminal but keeping the public safe at the same time.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department chase policy allows for pursuits into the Capital City, but only if it's a felon they're after.

"The Madison County Sheriff's Department does not pursue misdemeanor offenses into the county of Hinds or the City of Jackson," Tucker says. "We will pursue a felon to all ends. Those are our violent offenders and were going to pursue them."

Sheriff Tucker says any misdemeanor offenders that flee are usually identified and picked up on warrants later.

In Rankin County, Sheriff Bryan Bailey says all felony and some misdemeanor felons are chased down.

He says time of day, speed and traffic can sometimes lead to a chase being called off because it's too dangerous.

We are going to put not only our citizens, but the citizens of Jackson, we're going to put their safety first," Bailey says. "We're going to do our best to avoid putting anyone's lives in danger. But again, we're not just going to let people come over here and steal from our good citizens and good businesses and get away with it."

Pearl Police Captain Brian McGairty says, "A lot of people misunderstood. The amount of the crime has increased. It may be misdemeanor in nature, however, that suspect's fleeing away becomes felonies in the act and disregard for others."

Pearl police say they chase felony and fleeing misdemeanor suspects, but often terminate pursuits in highly populated areas because chases can become too dangerous.

All departments say they won't change their pursuit policies because of Councilman Stokes' comments.

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