City council unveils plan to address violence following four deadly shootings in one day

The comprehensive plan was revealed during a special meeting held by the Jackson City Council Friday morning.

Four shootings in one day prompts city council to hold special meeting

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Four deadly shootings in one day prompted the Jackson City Council to hold a special meeting Friday morning.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's administration unveiled a comprehensive plan to address the problem.

It includes three major points: Occupational opportunity programs, policing programs and conflict resolution programs.

Occupational programs emphasize access centers, community STEAM centers, Universal Pre-K and Jackson Meals Matter.

Policing Programs list a real-time crime center, body cameras and community policing.

Conflict Resolution Programs include conflict interruption and a credible messenger.

Mayor Lumumba stresses violence interruption training to stop the killings.

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba introduces Comprehensive Efforts to Reduce Crime. Source: WLBT
Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba introduces Comprehensive Efforts to Reduce Crime. Source: WLBT

Some council members want more money for the police department to include higher pay for recruiting entry level officers.

Mayor Lumumba said the plan will help end the cycle of violence.

“I do believe that if we pursue this comprehensive plan, we will see great reduction in crime in the City of Jackson,” he said.

Police Chief James Davis told council members that crime is down, while homicides are on the rise.

“A lot of the crimes in Jackson are people killing people that they know,” said Chief Davis. “They never call the police to say ‘I’m about to kill this individual.’ So some of the tactics we are doing is community policing."

He believes community policing will help reduce violent crimes.

“The last homicide, where Pastor Longino was killed, the information about the suspect, we got it from a beat officer knowing people in the community,” said the chief.

JPD Chief James Davis told the council he blames violence of interpersonal relationships for most homicides. Source: WLBT
JPD Chief James Davis told the council he blames violence of interpersonal relationships for most homicides. Source: WLBT

“I think they’re taking the right steps. It’s a start,” said Angel Longino.

Angel is one of Pastor Anthony Longino’s seven children.

Three of his children attended the special council meeting.

Two of them said they moved to Florida because of no job opportunities here, a problem they attribute to crime.

“I am pleased with some of the information that I did hear in the council meeting,” said Angel. “It seems like they are really trying to think of different things to do as far as efforts to improve the situation in the community."

The council went into executive session following the presentation to discuss the death of George Robinson.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says he died from blunt force trauma to the head at UMMC.

That happened following a field release arrest from Jackson Police Department officers.

An autopsy is pending.

No action was taken after the closed door meeting.

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