Governor and Attorney General release statements addressing Councilman Stokes’ comments


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Governor of Mississippi and the Attorney General of Mississippi released statements addressing the comments made by Ward 3, City of Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes:

Councilman Stokes said the following in a recent interview:

“Let’s get rocks, let’s get bricks and let’s get bottles and start throwing them and then they (police) won’t come in here anymore.”

Governor Phil Bryant:

“Mr. Stokes’ remarks are reprehensible, particularly with the attacks we have seen against our men and women in law enforcement. I condemn any such remarks in the strongest possible manner. 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.”

Attorney General Jim Hood:

“Comments or actions that put our law enforcement officers in harm’s way cannot be tolerated. Frustration or dissatisfaction with police policies or procedures does not give any person, especially an elected official, the right to jeopardize the safety of officers. We should instead be focused on cooperation and mutual respect between citizens and law enforcement. Certainly, the Office of Attorney General will investigate any complaint received in this or any other matter.”

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