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Stokes responds to Saturday's high-speed chase that endangered mother, children

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Following a weekend high-speed chase that endangered a Jackson family, Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes told members of the media he knew something like this would eventually happen.

"I told you so," Stokes said during the Sunday press conference. "We had press conferences and I told different media outlets, I told the Clarion-Ledger person this was gonna happen."

Stokes said he plans to open an inquiry into what he calls an unlawful pursuit by Richland police Saturday, which also involved Pearl police and Hinds County deputies.

Richland police apprehended two suspects  -- 30-year-old Travis Williamson and 39-year-old Christopher Jenkins -- inside a stolen vehicle shortly after the chase.

That vehicle hit a deputy's cruiser and a car with a mother and children inside before coming to a stop.

"For someone to chase someone over a car? Keep in mind that, I think it's Mississippi law that all cars must be insured. So you're gonna kill babies over something that's insured knowing that you cannot replace human life?" Stokes said.

Just one month ago, Stokes told 3 On Your Side that high-speed chases from other jurisdictions into Jackson represented a real threat to the safety of residents there.

On Sunday, he also reiterated his suggestion that stirred up so much controversy.

"Now, what can be done to stop this? My position is, meet with the black leadership. And my suggestion's gonna be rocks, bricks and bottles," Stokes said.

The councilman also claimed Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey was "behind a lot of this" and the mayor and chief of police in an unnamed jurisdiction "encourage these nonsense items that happen."

Saturday's chase began when Richland police ran the tag of a vehicle that came up stolen, then began to pursue that vehicle.

Richland Police Department spokesperson Allison Clark said the department had no official response for Stokes' remarks at this time.

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