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Jackson residents want penalties and an end to police chases in the city

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson city leaders heard from the public Tuesday on a number of issues. The recent death of a Jackson resident at the end of a high speed chase by Clinton Police and the airport controversy were among the topics.

"You run from the police, you enter in residential areas, 10 years," said Dr. Hilliard Lackey of Jackson.

He shared strong sentiments on the need for penalties for leading law officers into the city following the death of Lonnie Blue Junior during a Clinton police chase.

"The person running from the police, can we not look at the possibility of levying a penalty upon that person for running from the police and entering a residential area," Hilliard asked council members.

"We must find common ground when enforcing the law and protecting the law," said Rev. Barrett Banks of Jackson. "It is the urgency of the moment that we speak out on this issue with one voice".       

Council members said there must be dialogue with other municipalities while holding suspected criminals responsible for their actions.

"I'm hoping that we can meet with the chief and the mayor and others and we can try to have police officers at Highway 80 and some of these other places where they're coming in," said Ward Three Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

"The person who committed the crime needs to stop. the blue lights come on, they need to stop, making it worse for themselves and endangering others. in this specific case the person went from a shoplifting charge, now it's a second degree murder charge," said Ward Four Councilman De'Keither Stamps.

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority officials also shared their concerns about the airport takeover and petitioned those in the city to continue to contact state lawmakers to stop the measure. 

"Keep calling to say vote no on Senate Bill 2162, because it is our airport. We paid for it. Everybody knows we own it and that it is an attempted hostile illegal takeover," said Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Vice Chairman Evelyn Reed. 

The  Airport Authority asks the public to join them at a meeting with city leaders Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall.

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