Saturday, June 27, 2020

Ridgeland Officer Injured During Arrest

Bystanders yell at police officers. 

A suspect injured a Ridgeland police officer today during an arrest today.  A video of the arrest is making the rounds on Facebook this afternoon.  The video is posted below.


The incident took place at the Shell gas station on Old Canton Road that is across the street from Amerigo's. Ridgeland police arrested Jaden Luckett for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing a law enforcement officer, expired tag, careless driving, and failure to comply with a request by a law enforcement officer.


The video shows the police officer jumping out of his car and attempting to arrest Ward as he hit the officer in the head several times.  Several bystanders yelled at the police and told them to stop as they pursued Ward.  At one point it appeared they might try to intervene in the arrest.  The man filming the arrest approached and began harassing the police officers as they wrestled with the suspect on the ground.  Ward yelled over and over "What did I do wrong" as he played to the crowd.  Ward told the officer "that's why you don't put hands on people, that's why you got fucked up."

The police officer's head injury required six staples.




59 comments:

Anonymous said...

The people there were hoping for another George Floyd.

Criminal thugs are emboldened.

You can’t arrest him if he don’t wanna be arrested!

Throw the guy filming in jail too.

Kingfish said...

5th Circuit, as well as other circuits, have ruled people have a right to film the police. I agree with that ruling.

A few years ago Richland chased a suspect into Jackson. The media arrived at the scene and began filming the arrest in Jackson. The Richland cop screamed at them to turn off their cameras and of course they did. I would've kept on going and taken the arrest. Then won the lawsuit and owned him.

The problem is we get a snippet of what really happened and everyone goes to war over that snippet. Unfortunately, the police all too often don't help themselves by putting out the facts that in many cases will help them.

Anonymous said...

In the mugshot he looks like a smug 20-year old punk, emphasis on the mugshot. Now he'll get to serve some years in prison. Hope it was worth it.

I agree with KF that playing the "control the narrative" game is a losing proposition, where the police have nothing to gain and their own credibility to lose.

Anonymous said...

Rarely does it work out for the person resisting arrest with force. They end up with more serious charges, seriously injured, or dead. Regardless of what one thinks about police, someone should be teaching folks survival skills rather than trying to show how macho you are by resisting arrest.

Anonymous said...

Apparently young Jaden didn't get the memo about our new State Flag?

Anonymous said...

How many priors does this upstanding citizen have?

Anonymous said...

Wrong side of County Line Road to pull such a stunt.

The book will surely be thrown at this one in the Circuit Court.

Anonymous said...

NOBODY is wearing a mask!

Anonymous said...

Why are you running and fighting. Sick...

Anonymous said...

Scares the hell out of me how difficult it is to subdue a big man who doesn't want to be subdued. Cops put up with this kind of crap every day.

"I'm going to fight you if you try to arrest me. Someone turn the camera on right about now."

Anonymous said...

What we've got here is...failure...to communicate.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the future of law enforcement.

The next "Goerge Floyd" type incident will be a policeman having to shoot his way out of a situation like this and killing several agitators.

I can't wait.

Anonymous said...

They need to set up a radar trap and run it until they collect enough money to buy every officer a body camera. The way people drive, it would take 2 afternoons.

Anonymous said...

@7:24

When the word about the flag gets around all of this stuff will cease and guys like this fellow will become model citizens. Can't wait !

Anonymous said...

He showed a lot of restraint. He would have been legally and morally justified in smoking that Punk.

Anonymous said...

Body cameras are obtained through Grants and Departments do not have to shoulder the whole expense. Now getting them to use them properly is another issue.

Anonymous said...

No person is going to allow police to arrest them. Nothing is done if they resist arrest and the possibility of getting millions in a lawsuit is too great of a temptation.
We may as well defund the police. We have handcuffed them so they cannot do their job.

Anonymous said...

Guy filming was a disgrace & should be charged with obstruction. When an officer is fighting for his life & others an emanate danger supersedes yelling at and filming. Then to insult the policeman by asking if he was okay is insulting. If he was concerned about safety, why was he not on the phone to 911, We do not want our place defunded or to live without the men & women-in blue!

Anonymous said...

Mama, teach Your kids to get home safe!

Anonymous said...

These dudes out there making chump change to protect the citizens. When y'all gone show a lil respect??

Rubal said...

Respect for the Officer.

Said a Jacktown Mom said...

"No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he robs a store or beats up a cop."

Anonymous said...

The brain trust filming should be arrested for holding his phone vertically.

Anonymous said...

It will likely cost taxpayers more annually to incarcerate this Piece of Sh"# than the annual salary of the office that was injured. There's something wrong about that factoid. Bring back the chain gangs and make them sort garbage everyday.

Anonymous said...

what did i do wrong? when the squad car lights are on, clear it is targeting me, I sit and wait for instructions. get a ticket, go home. punk turned a traffic violation into felonies.
Stopped for being Black is now assumed.
Now it justifies fighting, striving for fame.
Ridgeland can be in my view overly aggressive on traffic violations, my meek daughter took a ticket last month I would have contested.

Anonymous said...

I was in the white car at the stop light and observed most of these events. The officer was attacked and injured. The suspect ran, I am sure it was because he was totally innocent. He was apprehended with great care under the circumstances. The bystanders filmed the events and a few shouted at the police including the individual who posted the video in this link. The suspect was charged with several of the offenses for which he was stopped. Reckless driving, expired tag according to this post. For the sake of all of us, this cannot be the new norm in Jackson. Break the law, assault the police (thank goodness he suspect wasn't armed), flee from the scene, and shout why are you doing this, while inciting bystanders. Only the calm actions of the Ridgeland police averted a disaster. And did I mention that several of the officers were Black men.

Anonymous said...

Oops, wrong side of County Line Road. Goodbye, asshole.

Anonymous said...

Expired license and careless driving = violent arrest?? Not a good look for RPD!

Anonymous said...

June 28, 2020 at 10:44 AM; you are wrong and you are part of the problem. expired license and careless driving don't equal a violent arrest, you jackhole. they equal a ticket or two. which is all this piece of shit would have gotten had he cooperated with the officer. he should have gotten tased at the very least, and i would have been ok with him getting shot. he's real lucky he didn't get shot. fight with the cops, and anything that happens to you is your own damn fault. don't drive carelessly, keep your license up to date, and if you don't, and get pulled over, then take your damn ticket, and go on about your day. it's real simple.

Anonymous said...

10:44. It was a violent arrest because rather than co-operating he decided to fight the officer. He, not the cop was the aggressor. I Didn’t see any aggressive behavior on the cops part until the subject started fighting him don’t act a fool.

Anonymous said...

10:44, You left out the failure to comply and felony fleeing.

Anonymous said...

10:44, the way I look at that, the person being stopped was in 100% control of what happened after being stopped. No, the truth is that the BLM riots have emboldened criminals “post-stop.” The Defund the Police campaigns have caused them to believe everything is the cop’s fault, not their own. Don’t want to get your ass beat and/or go to jail? Don’t resist after being stopped! Didn’t do anything wrong? If you didn’t, there’s never been a time in US history that blacks will be given more latitude than they are right now.

No one is saying it, surprisingly, but being a criminal raises the chances of you having interactions with law enforcement.....and Id place a BIG bet on this guy having a criminal record already.

Kingfish said...

He fled from an earlier traffic stop so they were already looking for him when they saw him.

Anonymous said...

So, I guess the standard now is the officer has to put up with getting the sh** beat out of him when making an arrest rather than using his weapon.

Anonymous said...

Will be interesting to see how it started. Hopefully the officer was wearing a body camera and had it turned on. Tough to know where to place blame when we don’t see how it started. Unfortunately we can no longer trust the cops do things by the book or morally. If the cop didn’t provoke or escalate this situation, then throw the book at the guy.

Anonymous said...

8:59 sums it up. No officer should be put in that situation.

Anonymous said...

Show of hands - how many of you have ever been asked to step out of a car before during a traffic violation? From the age of 16-25 I was pulled over nearly 20 times. At least 5 of those times I was hammered, 1 time I was on my way back to the frat house with more than an ounce of marijuana I picked up from a friend in Starkville and drove back to Oxford, and one time with a suspended license. I’ve only been asked to step out of the car one time when I was so drunk I hardly knew my name and the cop let me call someone to pick me up on the side of the road. I used to think this was due to a combination of luck and the fact that I was always very polite to the officer, but I’m pretty sure now it’s because I was a well-spoken white kid in a nice car. However, had I been black, there’s no question in my mind that I would not be the licensed professional I am today. I was allowed to make and get away with stupid f’ups while growing up, but African Americans are popped the first time and quickly become repeat offenders the next time they’re caught committing the same non-violent crimes (excepting the DUIs) I did through college and graduate school. I haven’t seen one video of an African American traffic stop where the officer didn’t ask the person to get out of the car (even if nothing happened). My point is, how can you blame African Americans for being pissed off by the disproportionate policing of people of color and lashing out because of it. They’re tired of having their tea taxed, so to speak, and they’re not putting up with it any more.

Joe Friday said...

The guy went from a couple of misdemeanors to a couple of felonies. In my opinion, it is because of the self-control of the officer the guy isn't dead. The officer deserves recognition for his self restraint.

Curious said...

How long before bystanders become emboldened to intervene in a lawful arrest?

Anonymous said...

I urge the Ridgeland police department to clarify whether this man had fled from an earlier traffic stop, whether he pulled over after the officer turned on the blue lights or whether he attempted to evade by pulling into a gas pump, whether he was also speeding when the officer began the pursuit, whether he has a prior criminal record, and whether the car was stolen as some mentioned at the scene, perhaps incorrectly.

Anonymous said...

1:20, I appreciate your well-intended motives, but to me your attempt to convey the black experience through your own experience falls flat.

I think where a lot of (non-criminal) black folks are coming from is more along the lines of the following: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily-white_movement

Burke said...

The camera guy's yelling makes this seem worse than it was. The camera guy also got in at the end of a continuing pursuit. I'll wait to read the police report.

If this has any similarity to Mr. Floyd's case, I will be surprised. Waiting for the report.

Anonymous said...

Tate Reeves took MS right to vote on the flag away. P. Gunn and several others.
They need to be shown the door.
As for the video justice was served. Don't resist, you will have your day in court. If the cops say you are under arrest hell and high water won't stop it.
Obey the law you go home everyday.

Anonymous said...

That sorry ass thug will do time up here. Good for him..... NEXT

Anonymous said...

I coasted through a stop sign and got pulled over for it
So, I pulled over.

"Do you know why I pulled you over?"
"Yeah, cause I rolled that stop sign, sorry."

"Can I see your license and registration?"
"Sure, I have both of them."

"Be careful, pay attention, and have a good night"
"Thanks, and again my fault."


It's not all that hard when you don't act like a poor racist victim.

Anonymous said...

Citizens might as well get ready to pay police recruits over $70,000/year and veteran officers $100,000. Otherwise, we will be unable to recruit good officers and the last few weeks should tell us why. When your child is kidnapped or your daughter raped, no one but law enforcement is worth 2 cents to you.

Anonymous said...

1:20 - Did you even read the details provided? I hope you are not a professional where lives are at stake. If you are a recent grad of ole miss law school I completely understand.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the Ridgeland police officer made the initial stop and those responding officers. We support the thin blue line 100%. Thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice. Get well soon and let's get this guilty party before a judge and let him reap his just reward. Swift, severe punishment for all who resist lawful arrest.

Anonymous said...

When I get pulled over, I just pull out the ole White Privilege Card.

Cop apologizes, kneels in respect, waxes my car, and hands me $500.

Every time.

Don't let them know about this. Who would beat the cop and flee from that!!!

Anonymous said...

Driven on I-55 or I-220 lately?
It's all day, all night to see people going well over 100mph.
What's to stop them in Jackson? Absolutely nothing, never any cops around. The speeders do the same into Madison county.
99% of these speed freaks are on meth and driving beat up old cars since they are so careless. Hope Madison county nails them all. I would have helped that Ridgeland cop in a second if I thought he was in danger. Join GROAN. You figure out what that means.

Anonymous said...

Serious question: Why do people fight the police at traffic stops? In many of these situations a simple traffic infraction is transformed into a felony where the officer might have to use deadly force. I can understand the desperate felon who doesn't want to go back to prison, but please explain the driver with no record who decides to ruin, or even lose his life in the blink of an eye.

I'm serious - I want an defensible explanation for this kind of behavior.

Anonymous said...

Hey June 28, 2020 at 4:22 PM. My experience has been EXACTLY the same as yours.
Yes, I am white. When I see the blue lights behind me I pull over and produce my license, registration, and proof of insurance. I don't get pulled over much, maybe three times that I can remember during the last fifteen or so years, mainly because I OBEY THE RULES. When I do get stopped I comply and don't act the fool.

One time I was stopped by a black JPD officer as I was heading north on Manhattan Road toward Cedars of Lebanon. It was just after lunch time. It appeared to be a DUI check or something as several other motorists were stopped at the same time. I produced my paper work and minded my manners and the officer just looked at my stuff, handed it back to me, and said "have a nice day." No problem for the officer or myself.

Anonymous said...

I've given the comment at 1:20 some though, and here's my $0.02. I'm white and I have been asked to step out of the car numerous times during traffic stops, usually right before I was arrested.

There were many other times I could have been arrested on suspicion of something (due to open container, etc.), but was let go with a ticket, or even a warning. Was this because maybe the officer thought I looked like someone with a future who didn't need the black mark on his record? I honestly don't know. Would the same officer have given a clean-cut black guy the same benefit of the doubt? I have no idea.

To all the officers who gave me breaks (and to those who didn't): I appreciate you. Today I do my best to live an honorable life as a contributing member of civilized society, and I haven't been "treated unfairly" by the police in a long time.

Anonymous said...

12:18, I guess it was in the way that you treated the officer. Give respect - get respect, act like an asshole, and you know what happens next. I believe that Chris Rock had something to say about this...

I comment on this board often, and I retired to Mississippi after retiring from a large metropolitan police department out West - I was around for the Rodney King riots; and as bad as that was, the level of coordination and funding (nearly half a billion dollars of corporate extortion) behind the current insurrection (that's what it is folks) is disturbing.

Police abandoning precincts and local leaders ceding territory to what's tantamount to warlords is something I never thought I'd see stateside. This will not end quietly, but will prove the concept that law and order must be maintained.

Seen it before said...

8:34, it breaks my heart to see the things that are happening, but we are reaping what we have sown. The CIA and other NGOs used these tactics against other countries to put in place corrupt leaders to do the bidding of the CIA. Now, these same tactics are being used here. The plan is to remove the US from being a superpower and to make a third world level system. We have had corrupt leaders for years, that is the first step. Lawlessness is the second step, with rampant inflation and worthless currency the final nail in the coffin. If you have doubts about what I say, study South American history during the 1950s and 60s.

Anonymous said...

10:38, the difference between South America and the United States is the Second Amendment, this crap will work in cities and states with onerous gun control; but will fail in areas of less government dependence.

Just look at how quickly the mayor of Portland changed his tune when these folks tried to establish an occupied protest area in front of his house. Its going to be a long and difficult summer, but law and order will prevail.

Anonymous said...

Three questions -

1. Why does the title caption saying the bystanders were yelling at the cops? All I hear is bystanders yelling is "stop."

2. Was the guy being arrested for a warrant, fleeing an earlier stop? If the cops don't say, then they are on the short bus.

3. Taser or firearm? I assume the former, but I do not know.

If the cops have probable cause to arrest, then they can. Even if they don't, they can still arrest folk. Cops do not have to say you're under arrest out loud, (and I don't know, maybe this officer did) but the cops can say so, and there are sometimes good reasons to do so. One of those is letting bystanders know what's what. This is why a citizen asks, "Am I free to go." If you are not, you are under arrest. Don't resist. The cops can put their hands on you. The suspect is an idiot, but the questions go with being a public servant.

Anonymous said...

So, regardless of race, if an office stops me, I am never going to strike him or her.
2) the person recording had no business speaking to the perp..why does he get a say? He was on this end of the pursuit.

At what point will people realize that no one is above the law.. Treat people with respect and you will get respect in return. If i had been the Officer, I would have shot the man after we tussled.
God Bless this officer, he made a choice!
Show the officer some respect and stop defending the douche bags in the world.

Anonymous said...

So many of you wonder why these agencies can’t keep police officers. This is a prime example. Our chief, the coward that he is, sided with the thug yet again. They can say it was to get him help but clearly that’s not the case. The chief is a snake and has always been one so when police are slow to respond to calls or don’t do anything you citizens will know why. Take it up with the crooked administration from the mayors office down. Ridgeland officers are leaving in massive numbers because of the administration. The numbers are the proof. One of you internet gurus do some checking and you will see what’s really going on inside the department.

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