A Jackson, Mississippi city councilman is under fire for a recent statement in which he implored citizens to assault police officers coming into the city’s jurisdiction.
Kenneth Stokes, Ward 3 Councilman, stated, “Let’s get rocks, let’s get bricks and let’s get bottles and start throwing them and then they won’t come in here anymore.”
The “they” he was referring to were police officers.
The strange comments came in light of a recent controversy over outside police agencies driving into and through the city of Jackson while in high-speed pursuit of suspected criminals.
While the debate over high-speed pursuits may be a relevant one, suggesting that citizens assault police officers delves into the outrageous.
Sheriff Randy Tucker of Madison County agrees. In response to Stokes' comments, Tucker said on Facebook, “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 MS Attorney General and inquire if your statements constitute assaults on officers by threat.”
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