- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest about a Jackson city councilman’s comments about police who chase misdemeanor suspects into Jackson (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The sheriff of a neighboring county says a Jackson city councilman is “completely offbase” in his statements about police pursuits of misdemeanor suspects from other jurisdictions into Jackson.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says Councilman Kenneth Stokes showed lack of legal knowledge.

Stokes has been criticized for saying “bricks, bottles and rocks” would discourage such pursuits, which he says endanger children and old people. On Sunday, he said he told reporters that although that would be his own suggestion, he’ll be meeting with black leaders who would decide how to deal with such pursuits.

Tucker says that if officers are chasing a misdemeanor suspect who’s driving with wanton disregard for others’ safety, that driving is itself a felony charge.

He also says Stokes could have just asked to meet with authorities from nearby jurisdictions about the chases.


5:30 p.m.

A Jackson city councilman suggests that his comment about throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at police was taken out of context.

Kenneth Stokes says he said Friday that he plans to meet with black leaders to decide what to do about officers who chase misdemeanor suspects from other jurisdictions into Jackson, but his own suggestion would be “bricks, bottles and rocks.”

He told a news conference Sunday that black leaders will decide what to do about such chases, which he says endanger children and elderly people.

Stokes, who’s black, also said race is a factor in the chases, and he wants a federal investigation.

Gov. Phil Bryant has said he’ll ask the attorney general to investigate Stokes’ remarks.

The Clarion-Ledger posted uncut video of the news conference on its website (https://on.thec-l.com/1ZJdrSS ).


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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