The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation took no action against the Madison Police Department after MPD engaged in a high-speed chase in Jackson in February 2014.
Madison police said on February 23, 2014:
Madison Police Department began investigating a string of auto burglaries that occurred in the City of Madison on Saturday February 22, 2014. During the course of the investigation, the department began receiving information from credit card companies that the stolen credit cards were being used in various locations near the Countyline road area. Madison Police Department, along with the Ridgeland Police Department and Jackson Police Department, attempted to locate the individuals responsible for the auto burglaries. One of the locations where the stolen cards were used was the Target store located on Countyline Rd.Officers were able to obtain suspect descriptions along with a vehicle description with the assistance of loss prevention and video obtained from the business. On February 23, 2014 at 1252pm, the Madison Police Department received a call from the Target store (County Line Road) stating that the suspects were back at this location wearing similar clothing and they were driving a vehicle matching the vehicle used in the auto burglaries on the previous day.
Madison police went to the Target store. Several police sources said there was a JPD car in the parking lot but it was an unmanned decoy . Madison police chased the suspects on the interstate through Jackson. JPD sources said officers were en route to Target when the chase began. The suspects crashed into a building that was ironically owned by the Madison city attorney's family. JPD sources said the chase at times went over 100 mph. The chase ended at the intersection of Gallatin Street and Oakdale Streets. The suspects were arrested and prosecuted. The convicts are:
*Cedric Cason. Age 29. He was convicted of several counts of auto burglary, credit card fraud, and conspiracy. He will be in prison for 15 years. The auto burglary charges were given seven year prison terms but were to be served consecutively.
*Yvette Blanchard. Age 48. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and auto burglary. She was sentenced to one year in prison. She was not present at the Target store or involved in the chase. She was later arrested at a motel after further investigation.
However, then-JPD Police Chief Lindsey Horton announced he would ask MBI to investigate the chase. Copy of Chief Horton's statement.
Several sources from various law enforcement agencies said a meeting was held at MBI with JPD, Madison PD, and MBI in attendance. Horton never issued a written request for the probe. However, MBI declined to investigate as it said there was no law preventing Madison PD for making such a chase. No further action was taken.
Kingfish note: It should also be noted that Chief Horton told Madison PD representatives when he entered the meeting "I left the barber shop from getting my hair cut (around my ears) so I could hear the apologies. Needless to say, no one was impressed by such statements.
Compare this prosecution and sentence to Broderick Robinson and other Jackson hoodlums in Hinds County.