After reading Kenric Ward’s description of Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers, Jackson, Miss., Councilman Kenneth Stokes sounds comparatively tame.
Whereas Chambers said he’d shoot a cop if he had a gun, Stokes is willing to settle for merely hurling deadly projectiles at police.
And not just any police. Stokes’s main grievance is with officers from other jurisdictions who enter the city limits while pursuing suspects.
“Let’s get rocks, let’s get bricks and let’s get bottles and start throwing them and then they [police] won’t come in here anymore,” he can be heard saying in this video from Jackson CBS affiliate WJTV:
According to the station:
Stokes is known for his bold and often controversial statements, but this one has created major fallout. Some say his suggestion for fixing the problem of high speed chasing through Jackson has them appalled.
In 2015, there were several chases originating in other cities and ending in Jackson. The most recent chase, that got this reaction from Councilman Stokes, involved 49-year-old Eric Singleton. He’s accused of shoplifting at the Walmart in Richland where, police say, he assaulted two people in the parking lot before he dragged them across four parking spaces. Richland Police followed him up Highway 49. They were joined by officers in Pearl and Flowood.
Sherie Cooper of Mississippi’s Wives Behind the Badge — a group dedicated to providing resources and emotional support to law enforcement families, and to serving as a positive voice for law enforcement in the community — reacted to Stokes’s suggestion, telling reporters:
I was disgusted with it. Right now with everything that’s going on, we need to have the positive out there instead of the negative. Everything pertaining to what he said is what fuels this negativity.
Cooper’s husband is chief of police in Columbia, Miss.
Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker went further in his condemnation of Stokes, writing on Facbeook:
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.