A Mississippi city councilman said he was fed up with police from other counties trying to catch criminals in his Jackson neighborhood, so he made the decision to tell the residents to throw things at officers in pursuit.
Councilman Kenneth Stokes has a reputation of saying what he thinks and stirring controversy.
“Let’s get rocks; let’s get bricks, and let’s get bottles,” Stokes told CNN affiliate WJTV. “And we’ll start throwing them, and then they won’t come in here anymore.”
It was no one-off quip. Stokes repeated the suggestion to other local news outlets.
“When you have these police officers coming from other jurisdictions and they will not respect human life, then I said we should use rocks, bricks or bottles to try to get the message over: stop endangering our children,” Stokes told Jackson’s The Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
That didn’t sit well with the local Sheriff, who responded on Facebook in a way you never would expect but would fully support:
“Law Enforcement will not be intimidated by you. Any Madison county law enforcement that is attacked because of your ignorant statements, I will hold you responsible. I fully intend to contact the (Mississippi) Attorney General and inquire if your statements constitute assaults on officers by threat,” the post read.
Gov. Phil Bryant joined him with a similar statement on Facebook.
“This is nothing short of an outright assault upon all who wear the badge. I will be asking Attorney General Jim Hood to investigate whether Mr. Stokes’ remarks represent criminal threats against law enforcement officers,” he said.
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber commiserated over the police chases into his city but distanced himself from Stokes’ suggestion with a twitter response:
While there is a need to demand respect of jurisdictional boundaries, I could never condone violence against officers.
— Tony Yarber (@TonyYarber) January 1, 2016
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