RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Civil rights leaders called one measure of justice “historic” after six former Rankin County officers pled guilty to state charges for torturing two Black men in a racist assault.

Brett McAlpin, Jeffrey Middleton, Christian Dedmond, Hunter Elward, Daniel Opdyke and Joshua Hartfield are expected to be sentenced in mid-November.

The so-called “Goon Squad” assaulted Michael Corey Jenkins and Eddie Terrell Parker during a raid at a Braxton home in January 2023. Jenkins was shot in the mouth during the encounter.

Attorney Malik Shabazz represents Jenkins and Parker. He said the struggle for justice continues.

“We know that they have not only committed these wicked acts against Michael Jenkins and Eddie Parker in January, but that the ‘Goon Squad,’ which is really bigger than just six officers under the leadership of Sheriff Bryan Bailey, they have been terrorizing the people in Rankin County for many years. So, we must press for the maximum sentence for this hate crime, and we must continue to press for the removal of Bryan Bailey as sheriff,” said Shabazz.

Demonstrators attended the Rankin County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday to urge the resignation of Bailey.