- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - The Greenwood City Council has repealed a 1963 ordinance that critics says was intended to stifle criticism of police officers.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/1KOPwfP ) the ordinance came to light with the April 7 arrest of Jelani Barr by Lt. Randy Powell. Powell was fired in May after a video recorded by Barr refuted claims made by Powell that Barr had interfered with officers during a routine traffic stop.

The ordinance made it a crime to “curse, insult, deride or ridicule” a police officer. Critics say it was designed to stifle civil right protests that were taking place in the city.

Councilman Carl Palmer says it is an antiquated ordinance that is no longer needed. Palmer says similar issues may be found as the city continues to revise its ordinances.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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