Mississippi delegates to the Democratic National Convention are with the party in supporting Hillary Clinton as the nominee for president. In Philadelphia, Pa., last night, Clinton accepted the nomination and told the delegates and the nation how she is different from Republican nominee Donald Trump. One of the delegates at the convention this week is KC Caldwell Grist. She's from Tupelo and she's with us live from Philadelphia. Welcome, KC.
The Neshoba County Fair has long been a place where state politicians can tout accomplishments and rally support. And this year, Republican leaders are listing the passage of the state's new religious freedom law known as HB1523 and other conservative pieces of legislation as victories. This despite the fact that 1523 has been the target of harsh criticism and legal action and has even drawn the ire of the Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood -- who says defending the law and others like it has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. In his speech to fairgoers, Bryant says he's proud of the new law.
The City of Jackson wants to improve relations between law enforcement and communities to prevent the kind of officer killings and unprovoked police involved shootings that are gripping the nation. A panel representing law enforcement, Black Lives Matter, the judicial system and children's advocates shared perspectives about race and policing at Murrah High School last night. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance says police are being unfairly lumped together. He tells MPB's Desare Frazier techniques and cultures are different from agency to agency and Jackson police are active in their community.
A demonstration is scheduled for tomorrow in Tupelo to bring attention to the shooting death of an unarmed black man -- Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert -- by a police officer in June. The group organizing the event -- Our Lives Matter Two -- plans to march from the Bancorp South Arena to city hall in East Tupelo. Later in the day, a group called The Confederates United Patriots Society will also hold an unrelated rally at the west end of town in Ballard Park. Reverend James Hull is attending the Our Lives Matter Two march. He tells MPB's Sid Scott the event is a plea for understanding in the city.