Jackson Councilman: “Clinton is a Ferguson waiting to happen”


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson City Councilman De’Keither Stamps said on Friday the city of Clinton is on the brink of a Ferguson controversy.

“The overlooking of people’s pain, the family is in mourning right now and that conversation is being overshadowed by a lot of other conversations,” says Stamps Sunday at a press conference at City Hall.

This all stems from the death of Lonnie Blue Junior. He was an innocent bystander, struck by the car involved in a Clinton Police chase that ended in Jackson last week.

“It is weaving through neighborhoods in the wee hours of the morning, abandoning their place of duty,” says Stamps.

The councilman is calling for other cities and counties to change its police pursuit policies. The suspect in the Clinton chase was on the run because of shoplifting. Stamps and even Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance say misdemeanor property crimes don’t warrant a chase.

So what’s being done to reach some kind of agreement? So far there have been press conferences to talk about changes. However, face to face meetings between officials haven’t been reported to WJTV, only a phone call.

“He and I did talk just for accuracy, so that I can make it clear that someone did reach out to me just not the chief,” said Chief Vance on March 23 during a press conference; he’s referencing a call between he and Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher.

As for Stamps, “I’m just calling on other governments, let’s talk, let’s work this out because there’s a better path that we can take.”

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