Jackson mayor responds to teens drag racing over the weekend

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Monday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba addressed the viral video of teens who blocked I-55 on Friday. He said the incident was unacceptable, and police are working to hold everyone accountable.

Police said teens blocked the highway for about an hour until officers arrived. According to the mayor, police officers did not chase after them due to the city’s policy on police chases.

“We’re going to make sure that there is a level of accountability for what has already taken place also the police department has increased their coverage of the highway,” Lumumba said.

The mayor said this is something that teens are mimicking from other states. Memphis police are investigating a similar incident that happened on Saturday. No arrests have been made in that case.

In Jackson, the people in the video will face charges of reckless driving, disorderly conduct, drag racing and obstructing the highway. Chief James Davis said the department will have more officers on the interstate to keep this from happening again.

“You’ll see officers on northbound, southbound, eastbound and westbound lanes through the highway. Twenty-four hours a day, you’ll see increased patrol. JPD for sure, but highway patrol and Hinds County Sheriff’s Department,” he stated.

Mayor Lumumba said JPD was the only agency that responded to the incident. He called on the highway patrol to help support. 12 News reached out to the Mississippi Highway Patrol to ask about the incident Friday night, and we are waiting to hear back.

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