A Better Region 8: Accountability applies to everyone

A Better Region 8: Accountability applies to everyone

Not in my neighborhood!  That's what Jackson Mississippi City Councilman Kenneth Stokes said to the world.

The Councilman told reporters that police from surrounding cities put Jackson children in danger when they chase people on neighborhood streets.  Here's what he had to say:

"What I suggest is we get the black leadership together, and as these jurisdictions come into Jackson we throw rocks and bricks and bottles at them. That will send a message we don't want you in here."

Councilman Stokes isn't just an everyday person, he's an elected official encouraging people to throw rocks, bricks and bottles at law enforcement while they do their job.

Here in Region 8, our law enforcement departments are full of hard working people from all walks of life.  They are here to protect and serve and they are one of the reasons we have a great quality of life.

But, as with any group of people there are bad apples and mistakes can happen. "We the People" are the ones who have to hold them accountable.

If law enforcement is doing things that endanger others, we should start with the chief or sheriff of the law enforcement agency and give them a chance to handle it.  If that doesn't work, take it to the people above them.

As journalists, we're always watching law enforcement and will do our part in holding them accountable too.

Calling for people to throw rocks, bricks and bottles at the police is irresponsible and dangerous on so many levels. Let's not let it come to that in Region 8.

Accountability applies to everyone involved. Making sure politicians, citizens and officers are all responsible for their actions, and that they stay safe while protecting us makes this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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