Regardless of the outcome of the inquiry into Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert’s death, a newly formed Coalition of Concerned Pastors and Leaders aims to tackle what it sees as long-term issues. That includes a mistrust it says many in Tupelo’s black community have toward the police department. Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (6:40) recently spoke with the the coalition and joins Derek and Brad to talk about the group’s goals and what it sees as possible larger solutions. Those include asking the city to create an independent citizens’ review board to investigate complaints against the police, implement more community policing practices and remove the state flag from municipal property. The group also hosted a prayer vigil on Monday at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance to foster community healing.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (16:08) talks about a new event that will be held downtown on Friday to encourage more shopping and bring people back downtown following prolonged construction.
Plus, Brad (30:40) has the wackiest crime reports of last week, and food editor Ginna Parsons (23:39) breaks down this week’s food section – garlic matchstick fries, strawberry pizza and a story about why Ginna is no longer allowed to fry.