JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson leaders held a news conference on Tuesday, July 26 to address several issues regarding the city.

Four days after a U.S. Postal Service worker was killed in Jackson after a suspect was chased from Pearl to the capital city, leaders responded to Pearl Mayor Jake Windham’s comments that called the city a “safe haven” for criminals.

“My reaction to that comment is it’s more political than grandstanding. The fact of the matter is there are ways to apprehend folk without endangering the community and innocent bystanders,” said Dr. Safiya R. Omair, the chief of staff for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

Jackson Police Chief James Davis said, “As a police officer, you must put life over property. You must take that into consideration. If you feel that this fleeing individual is driving at the point that he could cause harm to himself or the officer driving at high rate of speed, you must consider that when your pursuing a flee vehicle.”

Jackson city leaders said Lumumba was out of the state attending a public safety summit. They also said the City of Jackson recently received $700,000 from the National League of Cities and the Wells Fargo Foundation to supplement the Office of Violence Prevention.