Mayor Bans Police Release Of Mugshots Of People Involved In Shootings

HollyMatkin

The Jackson mayor issued an executive order forbidding the release mugshots in officer-involved shootings

Jackson, MS – The mayor of Jackson has issued an executive order prohibiting the city’s police force from the “dehumanizing” practice of releasing mugshots of individuals in cases of officer-involved shootings.

The doesn't specify that the suspect needs to killed, or even shot This raises the issue that releasing the picture of a wanted suspect who exchanged gunfire with police would be against the order.

Instead, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba suggested that police “go the extra mile” to provide an image that “gives respect to those individuals who are no longer living,” by accessing photos through social media, or by consulting with the deceased person’s family members.

His reasoning for protecting the dignity of the suspect seemed to imply that every officer-involved shooting resulted in the suspect’s death.

Lumumba, who has proclaimed himself to be a “radical” and “proud member” of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), released the executive order on Feb. 16.

“Mugshots and sensationalized news narratives create lasting impressions that adversely impact communities and widen the historical divides between police and community,” the mayor said in the order. “A mug shot is just one snapshot in time, and cannot be presumed to represent the sum total of any individual’s existence.”

Lumumba asserted that the removal of the “visual dehumanization that occurs when mug shots are used” was necessary, and that the directive was intended to end the “injustice of this practice.”

“We do not want to ... portray people in an image or in a light that is as negative as a mug shot,” the mayor explained, according to the Associated Press.

“We recognize the complexity of being part of a police force in a city with Jackson’s demographics,” Lumumba’s order read. “Communities of color have always had a complex relationship with law enforcement.”

He claimed that whenever an officer-involved shooting occurs, “something has gone wrong,” the Associate Press reported.

“We have not been successful in deescalating a circumstance,” Lumumba said. “The last image of any person should not be on the worst day of their life, or the worst image that we could possibly provide.”

His wording suggests a belief that officers are given a chance to deescalate before shooting, rather than a suspect suddenly opening fire on the police.

“We’re stepping out and initiating this policy because we want other municipalities in other states to follow suit and see this is how we treat people like human beings, no matter whatever the circumstances were, justified or not, in an officer-involved shooting,” Lumumba, a former defense attorney, told the Associated Press.

Lumumba’s father, Chokwe Lumumba Sr., was a leader of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) in the 1970s, and pushed for the creation of a sovereign, black-majority nation within the boundaries of the United States, The Daily Wire reported.

Lumumba Sr. also co-founded the MXGM black nationalist movement in 1990 – a group the mayor has said he is a “proud member” of, according to The Clarion Ledger.

“I'm not afraid of the term 'radical,’” the mayor told The Clarion Ledger in a 2016 interview. “I'll embrace the term radical.”

“In Mississippi, we’ve always been at the bottom,” Lumumba explained. "We have to decide that we're going to rescue ourselves. That in places like Jackson, we won't allow it to be havens of oppression which endangers all of us."

“We’ve made the decision that we're going to be the most radical city on the planet," he continued. "We're going to make certain that we change the whole scope of electoral politics."

The order banning the release of mugshots in officer-involved shooting incidents was “effective immediately,” according to the mayor’s directive.

Comments (59)
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bronx163
bronx163

Typical liberal shitbag mayor. Hide the fact of who trully is committing crimes.
Thats why they fail.

Bluesupporter
Bluesupporter

POS's are, "at the bottom" because of personal choices they make, not because of their skin color; just ask Ben Carson...

lauraaz
lauraaz

Another black racist in a position of power. How long till he is indicted for bribary, or illegal discrimination?

Ronnytx031
Ronnytx031

Yea figures!! I guess he wants us to post the same kind of bullshit photos when these turds were in grade school before they decided to be who they are. We'll end up showing a photo of them when they were 7yrs old in school, but talking about a 25 yr old turd.

Betts1221
Betts1221

Talk about a racist! So he wants to preserve the dignity of cop killers and or cop shooters. What damn dignity? Easy to see how this racist got his job.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Betts1221 @lauraaz

What exactly did he say that was racist?

I ask because I don't think you know what that word means.

rover77
rover77

Wakanda

Kbrockm
Kbrockm

"Lumumba’s father, Chokwe Lumumba Sr., was a leader of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) in the 1970s, and pushed for the creation of a sovereign, black-majority nation within the boundaries of the United States, The Daily Wire reported.

Lumumba Sr. also co-founded the MXGM black nationalist movement in 1990 – a group the mayor has said he is a “proud member” of, according to The Clarion Ledger." A proponent of a separate, Black, sovereign nation, and you ask what's racist about him? How about EVERYTHING!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Kbrockm
How is wanting a separate black nation saying you are superior to another race (that's the definition of racist, by the way)? It's unrealistic by any stretch of the imagination, but not racist.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Dehumanizing????? LMFAO

odin347
odin347

Time to hold racist agendas accountable. This Mayor laid his agenda out in plain language. He has clearly aligned himself with that very agenda by protecting those who are suspected of “involvement” in officer involved shootings. He would prefer to place the lives of his officers in jeopardy. If the same exact thing had been done in revere in an area with completely reversed demographics the outcry would be deafening.

Don_Burton_PhD
Don_Burton_PhD

Lucumba is a form of voodou. Odd name for a person, doncha think?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Don_Burton_PhD
No more odd than someone named "Christian." what's your point?

psydewinder
psydewinder

He's a self proclaimed proud member of the Malcom X Grassroots movement. Sounds pretty dam racist to me. I'm sure they support Faracon and are anti semitic as well.

psydewinder
psydewinder

They should just disband the police and let them all kill each other.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@psydewinder
Again, you're misusing the word racist, based on your feelings.

And more policing has NEVER been good for black communities. In fact, history shows the most dangerous people to prosperous black communities are racist white people. Nothing seems to scare racist white people like independent black people.

And yes, I just used the word "racist" correctly, in terms of Black Wall Street And the formation of NYC's Central Park, to name a couple examples.

Further, don't twist my words into me saying "all white people are racist." 'racist white people' and white people' are two separate categories.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I like the use social media images, those are always way better than a mugshot anyways, show one holding a gun and smoking a blunt, way better!!

laundryman01
laundryman01

I think the Mayor is right.Do not use the mugshot, that would let everyone know he was a wanna be gangster.Instead use a photo from the medical examiner that would be a warning to the rest of his friends as to what happens when you commit the crime and try to run or shoot out with the police.

Unreal67
Unreal67

A separate black nation in its self is racist. You are not using the entire definition. Check #3
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 a : a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles
b : a political or social system founded on racism
3 : racial prejudice or discrimination

LEO0301
LEO0301

The word no longer means what you'll find in a dictionary. Thanks to people like this guy and Obama everyone who makes a negative comment about a black person is considered a racist. So I think it's time to make that a rule for white people as well. If you say anything derogatory about a white person that makes you a racist. It is the most overused word that I know of, especially by blacks.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Unreal67
Alright, let's go further.

"Prejudice - preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience."

What preconceived notion not based on experience would be violated by creating a seperate nation? There are plenty of reasons and actual experience, especially in his state, that would apply. Given that, I don't see the racial prejudice.

"Discrimination - the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex"

You have a more arguable point with discrimination, but I still don't fully see it. How exactly would a seperate black nation be unjust?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Unreal67
Ooh nice script flip! You held out longer than I expected. Good thing I figured you would say that, so I prepared an answer.

No, a separate black or white nation in America is both unrealistic and not okay. BUT, where this mayor differs from say, a David Duke or Richard Spencer that calls for a separate white nation within the US is, the mayor has not shown or said anything to the effect of "black people are better than white people based on race."

Now, can we say that for either David Duke or Richard Spencer? If you think they have never said anything to that effect, I'd be happy to link video clips of them saying exactly that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Hush. Adults are talking.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Unreal67
No, I can't read anyone's mind. But I also can't find any racism in what he said. Have you?

I mean, aside from your feelings telling you he's racist.

Unreal67
Unreal67

I actually didn’t say he was racist. Believing in wanting only a black nation is racist. Can’t hide that. Just because you don’t say your superior, the simple fact that you don’t want anyone else other than your own color is saying your superior.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Unreal67
No it's not. It's saying you're comfortable around your own. Call it narrowminded, unrealistic, or a bunch of other words, but wanting to be around your own isn't racist.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Unreal67
There you go. What you just said makes tons more sense than 'racist.' And I agree.

RunCop
RunCop

The mugshots all look like lowest common denominator's kin folk!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop
You use the same line every time. You need a joke writer.

Next, you'll probably say either "liberal puke scum" or "dindu nuffin",right? Time to refresh your comebacks, you sentient fedora.

Cclaxton0
Cclaxton0

He wasn't just a murderer. He was a loving son and he was always making people laugh with his jokes.

Karles_1
Karles_1

He's simply a cop hater, plain and simple say whatever the fuck you want there's no getting around it, NOT a damn thing to do with race it's ALL about hating those who protect and serve.

Cclaxton0
Cclaxton0

This is another example of the movement towards criminal emancipation and black sovereignty in Black communities. It's Beginning of the breakdown of pluralism

LEO0301
LEO0301

Hahaha Once again, Cheech, if you don't like my comment feel free not to respond. Like I said before, you can't help yourself. I can only guess it's a cry for attention.

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

So from now on this ass wipe of a politicians wants to see all the little shooters in their alter boy outfits and the same for Hitler and other dictators. Has a nice touch. What an idiot, and like to protect his left leaning killers ID's.

blue4ever
blue4ever

Seriously? Didn't think it could get worse. Glad I left! Forget recruitment! Might as well disband the PD now.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Sounds like the media or some well-to-do resident needs to file a FOIA lawsuit against the city....

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Yet you can't help replying to me even when I'm not even talking to you! You and @b1rd should start my fan club.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I reply to dumb things you say which is quite frequently. You troll a police website looking for attention. If you make a comment that most people find idiotic, expect a reply.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
This isn't a police website. It's an open forum website about police.

You want a police website, go build one and require LEOs to sign in with badge numbers. Or hire me to do it. I'll have it up by mid-April.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wouldn't want you to do it. I need someone who actually knows what the hell is going on, not a person who pretends to be something they're not.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Well then you'll just have to accept that this is an open forum. Can't have everything your way, chief.

DRTice
DRTice

What a piece of crap this mayor is. Send these mug shots to someone not under his thumb and let them post them.

Ginette
Ginette

Get a life already. You say the same thing over and over again. I don't think you know what that word means. Don't bother responding troll. You will just say the same thing over & over.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ginette if i'm saying the same thing over and over, it's because a whole lot of you people don't know the definition. I'm willing to bet you also think the word 'racist' means something it doesn't, you fucking clown.

JMK2244
JMK2244

My question is: Does this new policy also apply to mugshots of White people?


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