Mayor addresses Jackson crime, calls for solidarity, funding

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Update: 4:00 pm

Mayor Lumumba says he and Governor Phil Bryant had a frank conversation about crime in the Capital City. The Mayor says the Governor pledged to support $4Million in funding for technology and other crime-fighting resources, as well as, support for the construction of a new housing center.

The conversation happened on the heels of a Tweet sent out by the Governor.

Mayor Lumumba says he’s encouraged by the pledge of support but says he believes it will take a candid discussion about gun control to combat a spike in crime.

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Activities for youth. Cameras installed throughout Jackson. Community policing, Better approaches to conflict resolution. More police manpower and resources. Real conversations about gun control.

These are just a few of the suggested solutions at a news conference held by Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. City Hall held the quick assembly to address a wave of crime in Jackson which intensified over the weekend. 

A preacher was gunned down as he opened the doors to church Sunday. A teenager was murdered over the purchase of a cell phone in a Walmart parking lot.

Jackson police harnessed outrage from the community and worked tips that resulted in multiple arrests in less than twenty-four hours time.

Lumumba cited the addition of new officers, cars and equipment as progress. He says he talked with Governor Bryant Monday and the Governor pledged to support $4Million toward technology and resources along with funding for a new housing center.

While the Mayor says he’s encouraged by those efforts. It will take a comprehensive, coordinated effort and a real conversation about gun control to bring about real change.

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