Mississippi Edition for Friday, October 4, 2019:
A new settlement will change the way policing is done in a Mississippi county where some blacks felt targeted. Then, the candidates for Secretary of State go head to head in Hattiesburg. We'll hear from both of them. And a statewide burn ban is in effect. Just what does that mean? And how long could it last?
01:11 - Segment 1:
A federal judge has approved a settlement in a racial profiling lawsuit against the Madison County Sheriff's Department. Yesterday U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves heard the details of the consent decree. The agreement includes training for officers, new rules for traffic checkpoints, and a community advisory board. Private attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union represented eight plaintiffs. Khadafy Manning says he was re-learning how to walk after a spinal cord injury when he was taken out of his home by deputies. He's one of the eight plaintiffs in the case. He tells MPB's Desare Frazier he was being pressured to give accounts of events he had not seen. Canton resident Lawrence Blackmon is another plaintiff. He tells our Desare Frazier the constant possibility of being stopped for no reason made him uneasy.
Attorneys for the Madison County Sheriff's Department say the allegations of bias were never proven. They say they settled to save time and money.
08:04 - Segment 2:
The Republican and Democratic candidates vying to be Mississippi's next Secretary of State both appeared in a public forum at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. Former Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree and Republican State Senator Michael Watson held a discussion moderated by WLOX news director, Brad Kessie.
16:15 - Segment 3:
All 82 counties in Mississippi are under a statewide burn ban with no exceptions. The governor signed the proclamation because of the extreme drought conditions in the state. Jason Scott with the Mississippi Forestry Commission says during the month of September, Commission fire fighters responded to 239 fires that burned approximately 42-hundred acres throughout Mississippi. He explains to MPB's Ezra Wall.
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