Mayor Perrin reacts to Carter investigation and Yates’ status as police chief

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates is still the chief of police for his city despite protestors asking for Yates' resignation.

Mayor Perrin sat down exclusively with Region 8 News Friday and said, "Mike Yates is still police chief today, and I have full confidence in the Jonesboro Police Department."

Perrin says he has not been an active part of the Chavis Cater investigation, but believes JPD and other agencies actively pursuing the case will reveal the true facts of the bizarre case. "As Mayor I didn't want to do anything to mess up the integrity of that investigation," said Perrin.

Perrin says Chief Yates did notify him of the shooting the day after.

As protestors from across the country descend upon Jonesboro calling for Chief Yates to resign, and questioning the investigations handling, Perrin is hoping the dash-cam video and witness statements will help paint a better picture of what took place on the night of July 28th.  "Until I see all the video and stuff, I can't answer that. Like I told you, it was released yesterday and today I can assure you that I will sit down and review those and take a look at those and then I can answer that question, said Perrin"

On Friday Mayor Perrin wanted to make it clear to everyone that the city was doing everything in its power to find out how Chavis Cater died in the back of a police car. "You've got to look at all the facts and I'm going into this very carefully and very slowly. Give us time to do this investigation properly and we will give out as much information as we can, when we can."

Perrin did say with the FBI and other agencies involved in the investigation, information has to be cleared through all parties before it can be released to the public.

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