Local law enforcement officials responded on Facebook to Kenneth Stokes' incitements to Jackson residents to commit violence against police officers:
Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker posted this message on Facebook:
Stokes...... I'm your huckleberry!
Law Enforcement will not be intimidated by you. Any Madison county law enforcement that is attacked because of your ignorant statements, I will hold you responsible. I fully intend to contact the Ms Attorney General and inquire if your statements constitute assaults on officers by threat.
Meanwhile, the Richland Police Department issued this statement on Facebook as well:
"I have every faith that the law abiding and peaceful people living in our communities will not rise up in riot, or bring violence against the men and women who are risking so much to protect them. The officers of the Richland Police Department will continue, to the best of our ability, to enforce and follow the laws of the great state of Mississippi. Thank you all for your prayers and support; God Bless"! Chief James