- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

STARKVILLLE, Miss. (AP) - Starkville aldermen have unanimously decided to fire a Starkville Police Department officer.

The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1PXbCgy ) reports the aldermen made the decision to fire Jeremy Akins during a Monday meeting with Police Chief Frank Nichols. Akins and attorney Lydia Quarles weren’t present.

Disciplinary reports state Nichols recommended the termination because of how Akins reacted to being placed on administrative leave. According to a Dec. 1 report, Akins became angry and used abusive language after learning of the suspension.

A Nov. 24 report states Akins was suspended because he confronted people at gunpoint, used disruptive language and his body camera was not activated during a Nov. 23 detention.

Akins said Nichols told him he followed proper procedure during the detention. He also challenged some of the report’s accusations.



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