Activists cause chaos at meeting discussing police shootings

Published 11:01 am Wednesday, August 29, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A meeting of a task force set to vote on whether the city of Jackson should identify officers involved in fatal shootings erupted in chaos as activists demanded more community representation.

A task force appointed by Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is set to make recommendations about how the city can be more transparent in officer-involved shooting incidents. It was established amid a rise in officer-involved shootings in Jackson and increased attention to African-Americans killed by police across the country.

A group of community activists interrupted the meeting Monday night, renewing complaints that family members of people killed in officer-involved shootings were not included in the process.
The disruption led to heated back and forth between activists and officials and delayed the task force making final recommendations.

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