Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jackson to Release Names of Police Officers Involved in Shootings

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following press release.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba introduced several recommendations from the Police Officer ID Task Force during a press conference Friday afternoon. The Officer ID Task Force was commissioned by Mayor Lumumba to establish a policy for how the city should respond when citizens are injured or killed by police in Jackson.

Led by Attorney C.J. Lawrence and comprised of Jackson Police Officers, law professionals and regular citizens, the Task Force’s mission has been to develop a policy which provides a restorative framework for addressing violence and increasing public safety. The Task Force examined national policies that address officer involved shootings, the views held by the family members of victims, and suggestions by the public as part of their process for establishing the recommendations which have been adopted by the administration.

The recommendations read as follows:

1) The Jackson Police Department public information officer, or designee, will coordinate the release of information related to officer-involved shootings as approved by the chief of police or designee.

2) After the immediate family of the injured or deceased civilian has been informed, JPD will expeditiously issue a public statement to inform the public of the investigatory timeline and process.

3) JPD will not publicly release any potential criminal history of the involved civilian not relevant to the alleged incident.

4) Within 72 hours of an OIS, JPD will release the names of any officers who discharged a firearm, absent exigent circumstances such as a credible threat to the individual officer.

5) Within 72 hours of an OIS, JPD will release video that provides a general overview of what occurred, if any such video has been identified and authenticated. This shall only happen after the immediate family of the injured or deceased civilian has been informed and allowed to review the video. (exception: video will not be released to the public if such video compromises any ongoing investigation.)

6) All information is presumptively releasable at the conclusion of an investigation.

“While we feel that the City’s police force does not reflect the national trends in terms of police brutality, we see an opportunity to engage and improve relationships with the community,” said Mayor Lumumba.

Towards the conclusion of the press conference, Mayor Lumumba shared a new challenge with the Task Force which is to look at the creation of a Citizens’ Review Board to further improve our community.

“Not only do we want to correct and create better opportunities for the city, we want our police department to be a model for the rest of the world,” he said.


Anonymous said...

The message that this policy sends to me is that, in The Nation of Jackson, police officers acting in the line of duty who discharge their firearms are now presumed to be unjustified.

Anonymous said...

Omg. All you brothers and sisters that police Jackson y’all better run like hell. Neither you or your family is safe after this statement.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba sure know how to protect his police force. NOT! What does the police chief think about this?????

Anonymous said...

The Police Chief thinks whatever the Mayor wants him to think. He is not able to think on his own. Lumumba chose him because he is a puppet. The other 2 men would not blindly follow his him.

Anonymous said...

The "community" the mayor references will never trust or support a police department no matter what open information policy he enacts. Other radical spokespeople and personal injury attorneys will find these policies useful, and after all, aren't they the voice of the "community". The crime ridden community dominating Jackson does not need a police force they can love and hug. They need a department they respect, and if they are criminals, that they fear. Naked truth.

Anonymous said...

I feel for our brave police officers. Once again chuck and his new world order has place a target on our officers for every nut job in Jackson. When I thought things couldn’t get worse, it does. Malcom X playbook is in play

Anonymous said...

Each and every day I wake and that God that I live in the 39110 zip code. amen....

Anonymous said...

“While we feel that the City’s police force does not reflect the national trends in terms of police brutality, we see an opportunity to engage and improve relationships with the community,” said Mayor Lumumba.

This is such a crock of shit and very concerning.

Anonymous said...

I use to believe that Kennuf Stokes was the "stupidest" person in Jackson/Hinds county, but this "Baby Doc" is fast gaining ground!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think those commenting read the release or else didn't understand the words written.

The name the officer won't be released unless the shooting is ABSENT A CREDIBLE THREAT TO THE OFFICER.

And, there will be a review to determine whether the officer was under credible threat.

Seems to me, that JPD is actually better protecting officers involved in shootings and deterring baseless protests by working quickly to get at the facts and gain the trust of the family whose member is shot that the circumstances will be investigated swiftly and in an unbiased manner.

Or maybe, some of you feel anyone who has ever been convicted of anything or has a warrant outstanding should get the death penalty without a trial by jury . Maybe you think a police badge should be a James Bond style "license to kill".

Hope none of you thinking that way has their identity stolen or are mistakenly identified by a witness. Lots of folks have had both happen.

Anonymous said...

Real "cross-section" committee the Mayor appointed. Foregone conclusion to release the names. Who would want to be employeed at JPD?

Anonymous said...

I quit reading at 'develop a restorative framework'.....

Anonymous said...

9:58 is EXACTLY on-point!

What could POSSIBLY be the justification for this policy?? It certainly isn't what 12:15 said! Any officer for whom a "credible threat" was not identified BEFORE the release of his/her name will certainly have one AFTER his/her name is released!

I can't even begin to understand this reasoning! Somebody with even PRETTY good sense should know better than this!

Like someone said above: I'm just glad I no longer live in Jackson (and this is just but one more reason why.....)

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with this, if it was a justifiable shoot?

Anonymous said...

To 7:37. Because no shooting is ever considered justifiable in the Land of Dindu.

Anonymous said...

What an Fing joke 26 years of Law Enforcement in this County and this is an all time high on the stupid scale. I'm done I am moving to Madison.

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