A Mississippi city councilman is in hot water for suggesting residents attack police officers from other districts and counties with rocks, bricks and bottles.
Speaking earlier in the week about police chases crossing into Jackson’s jurisdiction, Councilman Kenneth Stokes publicly stated, “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.”
According to WJTV, Stokes is known for his bold and often times controversial statements.
Stokes’ statement sparked outrage on social media — including from Jackson Mayor, Tony Yarber.
“While there is a need to demand respect of jurisdictional boundaries, I could never condone violence against officers,” Yarber said in a tweet.
While there is a need to demand respect of jurisdictional boundaries, I could never condone violence against officers.
— Tony Yarber (@TonyYarber) January 1, 2016
Randy Tucker, the sheriff of Madison County, posted a stern response and a warning to Stokes via Facebook.
“Law Enforcement will not be intimidated by you,” Tucker said. “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.”
Stokes’ comment even garnered a response from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant who reiterated Tucker’s call for an investigation by the state’s attorney general.
“Mr. Stokes’ remarks are reprehensible, particularly with the attacks we have seen against our men and women in law enforcement. I condemn any such remarks in the strongest possible manner,” Bryant said in a statement Friday. “This is nothing short of an outright assault upon all who wear the badge. I will be asking Attorney General Jim Hood to investigate whether Mr. Stokes’ remarks represent criminal threats against law enforcement officers.”
TheBlaze previously reported on Stokes in 2014 when he was a county supervisor. Then, Stokes was holding a press conference on gun violence when gunfire erupted. Stokes called for increased police presence because of “the nonsense that’s taking place.”