- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A police advisory board has met for the first time in a Mississippi city, one year after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer led to racial tensions and hundreds of people protesting.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the nine members of Tupelo’s police advisory board convened on Tuesday. Mayor Jason Shelton’s administration began formally considering the board’s creation last August in response to outcry over the death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert who was shot by Officer Tyler Cook.

Board chairman Bill Allen says to improve relations between police and local minorities that, “we’re going to have to get off our duffs and get out there and do some stuff.”

One member addressed a possible diversity issue on the board: it has only two racial minorities.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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