The City of Jackson and Jackson Police Department are aware of peaceful protests planned for the afternoon of Monday, June 1 in Downtown Jackson near the Jackson County Courthouse and at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and High Street. City leaders have talked with organizers about how these protests can be held safely, and encourages residents to safely demonstrate.
The City acknowledges these planned protests are reactions to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the broader issue of racial injustice. City government and police department leaders are also upset by the death of George Floyd, and understands the need for people have their voices heard. “I feel the incident in Minneapolis was an injustice and public protests are certainly in order,” said Police Chief Elmer Hitt. “We just ask protesters to demonstrate in a peaceful manner while treating all with respect and dignity.” The Jackson Police Department is preparing to have officers in the vicinity of these protests to ensure they happen safely.
Discussions about racial inequality and how they relate to City government have been ongoing talks with the Jackson community. These dialogs have prompted racial equity trainings for City employees and close collaborations with the African American community. “I believe Jackson’s strength rests in our diversity,” said Mayor Derek Dobies. “We are an inclusive, tolerant community that is stronger together. We can show the rest of the state what meaningful dialogue and constructive action can look like.”
City of Jackson administration hopes these peaceful protests can foster community involvement and continue the conversation for improved race relations in Jackson.