It’s been about a year-and-a-half since a Tupelo Police officer fatally shot Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert, bringing national controversies of race and law enforcement to Tupelo.
Earlier this week, a federal judge dismissed a wrongful death civil suit brought in connection with the June 2016 shooting. Although that ruling can be appealed, it does bring some closure to the events of the incident.
But the bigger question remains, what has Tupelo learned from the tragic event and its aftermath?
Caleb Bedillion (5:44) joins Emma Kent and Chris Kieffer on today’s episode to discuss today’s lay of the land. Did the incident give Tupelo an opportunity to grow and to learn? Have relations between the police department and community improved?
Also on today’s show, Dennis Seid (21:48) talks about the impact Aldi’s presence in Tupelo has had on Walmart and Kroger. Dennis recently wrote a story comparing prices at the city’s newest grocery store to those found at the other two grocery giants.
Photographer Thomas Wells (33:24) discusses his recent photo essay on an Amory man, Jay Holman, who makes specialty pens.
And Emma (42:02) talks about the Tupelo High School senior project and the deep, lasting impact it leaves on the community.