"To make sure that citizens feel that the evidence will be there if something happens and will protect not only the citizens, but it will protect law enforcement also," said Stokes. "Again, you want to keep a good marriage between the citizens of this city and law enforcement."
Tuesday, the Jackson City Council voted 6-1 to enter a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation for the investigation of officer involved shooting incidents and in-custody deaths.
Less than 24 hours later, MBI is conducting its first JPD officer involved shooting investigation in recent history.
Although he supports the police department not investigating themselves, Stokes was the lone vote against the plan.
The Ward 3 representative prefers an independent investigator or organization like NOBLE, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement or Jackson State University's criminal justice professor Dr. Jimmy Bell to conduct the officer involved shooting investigations.