- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson city councilmember is coming under fire for comments he made suggesting people throw rocks, bricks and bottles at police officers from other jurisdictions who chase misdemeanor suspects into the city.

Local media reported that Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes said Thursday that high speed chases by officers from neighboring jurisdictions for misdemeanors put children and the elderly in danger.

“What I suggest is that we get the black leadership together and that as these jurisdictions come into Jackson we throw rocks and bricks and bottles at them. That will send a message that we don’t want you in here,” he said.

Law enforcement and government officials have blasted Stokes.

Gov. Phil Bryant called the comments “reprehensible” in a statement late Friday and that he would be asking the attorney general to investigate the councilmember’s remarks.

“I condemn any such remarks in the strongest possible manner. This is nothing short of an outright assault upon all who wear the badge,” said Bryant.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said on Twitter authorities must respect jurisdictional boundaries, but he does not condone violence against officers.

Jackson officials have raised concerns about high-speed chases involving officers from other nearby jurisdictions into the city. Stokes said he was told by residents about one such chase on Christmas Eve and said the city council must take steps to address this problem.

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