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Police Shootings

A collection of stories about officer-involved shootings.

City & County

Lumumba Calls 'Foul' on MBI's New Position on Officer-Involved Shootings

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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations alerted the City of Jackson last week that it will no longer take on officer-involved shooting cases in Jackson.

City & County

Family of Woman Killed by JPD Sues for $10 Million

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Eight months after two Jackson Police Department officers fired fatal shots at 21-year-old Crystalline Barnes following a traffic stop, her family filed a $10 million federal lawsuit today against three JPD officers and the City of Jackson in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

City & County

Release JPD Officers' Names in 72 Hours, Task Force Recommends

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The rise in officer-involved shootings under Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba, now at nine, and the lack of transparency thereafter posed an issue for the self-proclaimed most radical mayor in America.

City & County

EDITORIAL: City Needs to Name Officers Who Shot Citizens Without Delay

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We can understand the need to protect officers and their families, but it is not acceptable to allow it based on a reason shrouded in secrecy.

City & County

Activists Delay Officer-Involved-Shooting Task Force's Final Report

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Members of Jackson's officer-involved-shooting task force started showing up at the Porter Building across from City Hall on Monday, Aug. 27, prepared for what was supposed to be their final meeting before handing policy recommendations to the mayor.

City & County

Task Force Draft: Release Names in Officer-involved Shootings Within 48 Hours

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The Officer ID Task Force met Monday night to discuss a draft of a policy to identify Jackson police officers who shoot people. The draft policy says the City will release the names the officers who discharge their guns within 48 hours.

City & County

DA Smith on Police Shootings, Being a Victim

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For the better part of last week's officer-identification task-force meeting at the Jackson Municipal Art Gallery, some of the members didn't know they had a prominent guest.

City & County

Grand Jurors Decline to Indict Officers in Shooting Deaths

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Grand jurors in Mississippi's most populous county have declined to indict four officers involved in recent shooting deaths.

City & County

EDITORIAL: Transparency in Officer Shootings Needs to Improve, Not Worsen

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We now get even less information about officer-involved shootings. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations does not have to disclose information concerning any open or closed investigations except to law enforcement.

City & County

Jackson Even Less Transparent with Officer-Involved Shootings?

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Just one month after Mississippi Bureau of Investigations officially began handling officer-involved shootings in Jackson, it has been harder to get information previously available to citizens and reporters following these incidents.

City & County

Citizens' Police Academy Graduates 30 People

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About 30 Jacksonians are now official ambassadors between the local police and the community after graduating from the Jackson Police Citizen's Police Academy on June 18.

City & County

Body Cams, Community Policing, Mental Health Funds on JPD's DOJ Wish List

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The Jackson Police Department hopes to equip its officers with body cameras and increase its "community policing" capacity with funds from U.S. Department of Justice.

City & County

Lawyers Say JPD Officer May Have Killed Twice, Demands More Names

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Attorneys for the family of Crystalline Barnes, killed by Jackson police on Jan. 27, 2018, is demanding to know the names of officers who shot Jacksonians in incidents over the last several months.

City & County

Baltimore Lawyer Names JPD Officer Who May Have Shot Crystalline Barnes

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A lawyer for the family of 21-year-old Crystalline Barnes, who died in January when two Jackson Police Officers shot into her car following a traffic stop, stood alongside Barnes' young children and family members Monday as he demanded more transparency from the Jackson government.

City & County

Officer ID Task Force Wrestles with Mission

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Sixteen of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba's 21 appointees to the officer-identification task force gathered at The Cedars in Fondren Monday night to decide if and how the Jackson Police Department will release names of police officers who are involved in shootings, as well as the timeframe in which that would take place.

City & County

Inside Jackson’s Officer-Involved Shooting Task Force

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Last month, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba had prepared to make an executive decision about how the Jackson Police Department would handle transparency following officer-involved shootings.

City & County

City Announces Officer-Involved Shooting Task Force on Identifying Officers

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Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba has established a task force to provide recommendations for developing a Jackson Police Department policy that will govern the release of names of officers involved in a shooting, and the timeframe during which the release should take place. They will meet bi-monthly.

City & County

OPINION: The Mayor’s Task Farce

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In the "most radical city on the planet," the "emperor" has no clothes. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has repeatedly provided cover for the Jackson Police Department, which has consistently exacted violence on residents.

City & County

Lawyer in Flowood Officer-Involved Shooting Wants Video, Answers

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On the evening of March 8, a Flowood Police Department officer unloaded his gun into Von McDavid's car somewhere between four and eight times.

City & County

Mayor Lumumba, Police Out of Sync?

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If you walked into Jackson City Hall two weeks ago at just after 7 p.m., you would have seen the mayor's chief of staff, Safiya Omari, in a tense, loud exchange with public defender Adofo Minka, who had just criticized Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba publicly on how he is handling officer-involved shootings.

City & County

Celebrating the Life of Man Killed by JPD

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In Jackson, no one has taken to the streets for any of the last seven officer-involved shootings since Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba took office in July 2017 with none of the officers involved identified to date.

City & County

UPDATED: City May ID Cops Who Discharge Weapons Within 72 Hours, Establishing Task Force

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The City may require that the Jackson Police Department start releasing names of officers who fire on civilians within 72 hours of the incident.

City & County

OPINION: Justice for Reggie Harper

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For Reginald Harper, Jan. 4, 2018, is a day that will forever live in infamy. On this day Jackson Police Department officers shot at him.

Civil Rights

OPINION: Police Violence is Not Déjà Vu

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In Jackson, police violence is not deja vu; it is real and systemic.

City & County

OPINION: More Transparency from JPD Needed

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It has been more than two weeks since two Jackson Police Department officers extra-judicially killed beloved daughter, mother and Jackson State University student Crystaline Barnes. The community waits in suspense for some facts on what happened on Jan. 27, 2018.

City & County

EDITORIAL: Public Officials, Get Facts Straight on Project EJECT

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There are two sides to the proverbial Project EJECT coin: what the public hears and what actually happens.

Civil Rights

EDITORIAL: JPD, Identify Cops Who Shoot Civilians

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Mayor Lumumba's order does not address the glaring need for JPD to release names of officers who use excessive and/or fatal force on civilians—the progressive needle does not move without this transparent practice, which departments around the country embrace often within 48 or 72 hours of an incident.

City & County

JPD Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting

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Two unnamed male officers with the Jackson Police Department came into contact with two men at the 1300 block of Deer Park Street at about 3 p.m. Wednesday. A narcotics investigation resulted in an alleged shootout between officers and a man who's name has not yet been released.

City & County

Inside JPD’s Use-of-Force Policy: Public Trust vs. Officer Safety

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Lately Tetrina Blalock has been reconnecting with family members she has not seen in a while. Losing her cousin brought them together.

City & County

UPDATED:After 7 Shootings, JPD Still Shields Officers

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Lee Edward Bonner, 37, died after a Jackson police officer shot him on Feb. 21 in west Jackson. His family says it was "an overkill," while the City released scant information painting Bonner as the instigator of a shoot-out during a drug investigation gone awry.

City & County

Number of JPD Officer-Involved Shootings Keeps Growing

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With two deadly officer-involved shootings in the first two months of 2018, public scrutiny has grown over the Jackson Police Department's use-of-force policy and its decision to withhold officers' names until they complete an internal investigation, a criminal investigation and a Hinds County grand jury returns an indictment—a process that can take at least a year.

City & County

Mayor: No More Mugshots Released of Juveniles, People Shot by Police

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Monday was the day Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba signed an executive order to stop the Jackson Police Department to stop disseminating mugshots of those involved in officer-involved shootings, such as a young woman local police killed by firing into her car in late January.

Crime

Unnamed Officers on Paid Leave for Shooting of 21-Year-Old Driver

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Early Saturday morning, two Jackson police officers shot at 21-year-old Crystaline Barnes during a traffic stop in response to a report that Barnes may have forced another motorist off the roadway, but is so far only providing vague information about the deadly incident as well as whether its use-of-force policy for moving vehicles meets national guidelines.