Jackson leader meets with federal authorities to fight crime

October 28, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson city council member plans with seek federal help to curb crime in Mississippi’s capital city.

Councilman Kenneth Stokes plans to meet with the United States Attorney General on Thursday to ask for help amid a shortage of Jackson police officers, WJTV reported.

“The city is too small to have as much crime as we have,” Stokes said.

More than 120 people have been killed in Jackson in 2021.

Stokes said he’s also pushing for the city to set up a jail for misdemeanor and felony offenses.