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Jackson residents speak out against police pursuits

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Just down the street from where a deadly crash took the life of Lonnie Blue Jr., a group of community and city leaders are taking a stand against police pursuits.

Resident Zakiya Summers said, "This could have happened to any one of us or anyone of our loved ones. There are other strategic ways to handle police pursuits and they don't have to end with someone losing their life."

Jackson police chief Lee Vance was also in attendance.

This week he spoke out against the chase initiated by Clinton police, saying Jackson police do not chase misdemeanor shoplifters.

"We are more concerned about killing innocent people that have nothing to do with these chases than returning property. It's a safety issue," said Chief Vance.

Friday we obtained exclusive access to the city impound lot to get a closer look at the vehicles involved in the deadly crash.

The victim, Lonnie Blue's Honda Accord, is now a crumpled piece of steel, after being hit head on.  

The fleeing suspects Lincoln Towncar, is charred after catching fire in the wreck.

Those speaking out against police chases say they hope to urge agencies outside of Jackson, to change their pursuit policies, and lobby next year, to have state chase laws changed.

C. Leigh McInnis, a Clinton resident said, "We need to evaluate the risk vs reward. Yes the person committed a crime but do we really want people to die by shoplifting."

Donnell Williams, the driver of the fleeing car was charged with 2nd degree murder.

Two others in the car, Ashley Travis and James Williams were both charged with shoplifting by Clinton police.

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