The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday it will not bring charges against Tupelo police officer Tyler Cook over last Junes’ shooting death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert.
In a written statement, federal authorities said the decision comes following “a comprehensive, independent review of the circumstances related to Shumpert’s death.”
Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (7:40) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to discuss that review and the latest news on the Shumpert case.
The review was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI. It also revealed some new information about the altercation between Cook and Shumpert.
Meanwhile, Shumpert’s family continues to press a wrongful death civil suit against Cook and the city of Tupelo. Caleb talks about that suit, which is currently set to go to trial in December.
Also on today’s show, business editor Dennis Seid (20:48) talks about the fidget spinner craze that has swept the nation. Several local retailers carry the toys, which sell for around $5 to nearly $20, and have been selling them at a torrid pace.
Education reporter Emma Kent (30:16) discusses a new addition to the Tupelo Public School District’s summer meals program. In an attempt to reach more students in need of free breakfasts and lunches, the district will use mobile food vans to bring those meals to various locations in Tupelo.
Photographer Adam Robison (36:00) also talks about his photo essay that goes inside a watch repair shop – Scott’s Watch and Jewelry in Tupelo. Owner Thomas Scott has been repairing watches for 50 years.