Sunday, October 11, 2015

Prisoner dies in holding facility

JPD discovered a man dead in a holding cell this morning at approximately 6:00 AM.  JPD Chief Lee Vance announced the death of Jamal Ballard at a press conference today while flanked by Mayor Tony Yarber and other city officials. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will investigate his death.  Ballard was 29 years old.




Chief Vance said JPD received a call late last night that a man was stealing a lawnmower on Corkview.  Police arrived and saw a black man pushing a lawnmower down the street.  Police chased Ballard but he escaped.  Police later went to his residence and found him sleeping.  They arrested and booked him into the JPD holding facility downtown at 3:43.

Ballard
 Chief Vance said there was no struggle with Ballard during the arrest or booking.  JPD charged him with petit larceny.  Chief Vance said there were no signs of physical trauma on his body.  He said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations will investigate his death. 


31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is Black Lives Matter? I think we know the answer.

Anonymous said...

Why is this even news? Criminal dies in jail Bla Bla bla

Anonymous said...

Why is this even news? Criminal dies in jail Bla Bla bla

Sir LaffsAlot said...

J.P.D. responds to a call around 11:17 P.M. (ON A SATURDAY NIGHT) about a stolen lawnmower and finds a 29 year old, who is still living with mama, pushing the stolen mower down the street.
How is it possible to read the details of this story and not hear cartoon music in the background?

Anonymous said...

Several thoughts: 1) where is the racial diversity with the leadership of Jackson? Not even a token honkey??? Gheeze. That's what's wrong with our city leadership. Cities around this country are coming alive with innovative & fun things. Our city-nothing. And if they try to do something, you have to hire their relatives & you just get a pile of no goods doing nothing.
2) I guess I should be sad someone is dead. But, the lawn mower thief should have thought twice before stealing someone else's property. Good riddance. One less thug on the street, mooching off society.

Anonymous said...

Another criminal. Yes god loves us all but jackson just got a littl safer.

Anonymous said...

stealing a lawn mower is pretty low level crime for jacktown. certainly not worth a death sentence. you jack asses that preen and smirk when someone like this dies need some real life experience. its easy to sit on a loose message board and express outrage.

no, the kid wasn't a righteous individual, but for goodness sake, celebrated an end of life over a lawn tool? pray for yourselves...

Anonymous said...

6:24 is right. Mayor Socrates, err Yarber, needs to give at least 20% of all city executive positions to whitees as they are that percent of the city. Socrates, I mean Yarber, sure didn't mind taking all the money he got from whitee. I know a lot of whitees who aren't going to give to Socrates, I mean yarber, in the next election because of this. He's nothing but another black opportunist who is afraid to lead…in the right way because he's afraid of his brothers.

Anonymous said...

7:32. Jackson is now near 90% black.

Anonymous said...

7:24 - Please tell. Where was the "death sentence"? Just because he was (1) caught in the act of stealing someone else's property; (2) arrested because of this outright violation of someone else's rights; (3) incarcerated because of his choice to break the law, enter someone else's house and steal his property, and: (4) die while in custody - where was the death sentence?

I don't see where his death was because he couldn't spend the night comfortably at home in mama's house while waiting to carry his ill gotten goods to the pawn shop the next day (or maybe, he was going to mow mama's lawn first). Nothing in this information that says his leaving this earth for the safety of the rest of us and our property was the result of his sleeping in the protection of JPD. Calling this a death sentence is a little premature, don't you think

Anonymous said...

Good post 8:22. I agree. To the person above who suggests we pray for each other-I agree, too. I pray continued bad things happen to bad people. I continue to pray that God will remove theifs from our earth. I pray for a city where I can walk down the street anytime day or night & not have to worry about worthless ass pieces of shit threatening me, my family, or my property. I pray these no goods will soon be removed from this earth. I hear you brother or sister & I'm busy praying! Feel free to include my prayers in yours tonight when you go to bed. Just be sure that when you go to bed you lock up all your belongings, lock your house, lock your car, lock everything else up because the prayers may not be answered tonight.

Bowtie Police said...

What the hell kind of ceremonial outfit is the mayor wearing?

Pimpin' Ain't Easy.... said...

"Return of The Jedi" dress-up day at Sunday School.

Where might one even BUY something like that? Puts Bennie Thompson's 'barber shop shirts' in the shade!

Anonymous said...

Actually that's from The Empire Strikes Back. Maybe Mace is trying to lure future Star Wars films to film here. At least it's not one of those ugly bow ties with glasses.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, 7:24. My sentiments exactly. But afraid they don't care to look within.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps he had a mental condition and he killed himself. Perhaps he suffered a heart attack from the withdrawl from drugs. Perhaps he was murdered in the jail by others for dissing the gang. Sometimes people just die.
Lead for his mother and family

Anonymous said...

Frankly, it sounds as though he may have died from a medication problem. Stealing a lawnmower and walking down the street with the lawnmower is a bit bizarre - I wonder if he was on an antipsychotic, perhaps overdosed- who knows, but there is a good reason for his death and I bet it has nothing to do with the Hand of God Striking Him Down.

Anonymous said...

My medical guess is cause of death from detox

Anonymous said...

I LIKE the Mayor's shirt. It's sort of a cross between a Nehru Jacket and a Tactical Shirt. It's very well made, too.

Anonymous said...

7:24 said:
" the kid wasn't a righteous individual"

THE KID ?

Hell . . . he was 29 years old.
http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/30234777/man-found-dead-in-holding-cell-at-jpd

Borrowed It From Ben Allen said...

This was a Sunday morning photo and the mayor was arguably dressed for church fellowship. I never wore anything resembling that to church and bet 99% of you never did either. Maybe he had playground duty. Maybe he just likes to look bizarre. Maybe there was a close-out sale in Canton. Maybe he went to a rummage sale on Saturday. Maybe there was a Star Wars re-enactment later that day. Maybe he wanted to upstage Lee Vance's usual sullen, doomsday appearance.

Anonymous said...

Is our mayor now a member of the Nation of Islam?

Anonymous said...

I'm with 7:24 pm There is something wrong with y'all to be happy about this.
I would remind you that " innocent until proven guilty" is an important concept in a free country so you should be committed to the idea that those arrested stay alive until trial and that they get a fair trial.
But, aside from that where do y'all draw the line? Would you be gleeful if he'd stolen a loaf of bread as well or didn't y'all ever read Victor Hugo?
At best, y'all sound more medieval than ISIS. They'd be happy just to cut off his hands.

Anonymous said...

This guy was not Jean Valjean.

Ain't No Sunshine said...

I'm not celebrating the death of anybody; however, why is an incarcerated black man's death in a black city with black inmates and black jailers and an all black administration worthy of a front-step photo and news conference?

Anonymous said...

KF - I can' believe you banned my "Bush's fault" comment.

Kingfish said...

Because it was racist.

Best of JJ Nominating Committee said...

I'm not celebrating the death of anybody; however, why is an incarcerated black man's death in a black city with black inmates and black jailers and an all black administration worthy of a front-step photo and news conference?

!! JJ Sarcastic Question of the Year 2015 Nominee !!

Anonymous said...

To truly there " Ain't No Sunshine " in your life and you want to make sure " it's raining all over the world":

It's as news worthy as a white guy arrested dying in a holding cell in a white run city.

Some one who had not been convicted of anything died while in jail awaiting arraignment.

There should be assurance by officials that the death will be investigated.

And, for the person posing as a fashionista who pretends to know one's religion by their attire, you flunked! That's a Nehru styled jacket so Hindu agnostic. Your petty coat is showing.

Sifting Through The Sand said...

7:29 seems to be angry. And it's so early in the morning. He'll be hoisting a paper sack before 9 a.m.

There is absolutely no reason to trot out fifteen black faces to announce that nobody knows why a jailed person died over night.

Prisoners lives matter. Maybe the mayor of Baltimore can come down here on a consulting basis.

Anonymous said...

I think this should teach us that once your in the governments hands, the people who love you can't hold your hand anymore. I learned this at a very young age. Not everyone will check on you and wipe your ass for you. But seriously it is very ridiculous. I don't think that should've happened over a petty crime like this. We all know at that age he didn't just fall over. Something had to have happened that isn't said. RIP.

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