Jackson Mayor Nixes First 48 Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has vetoed a plan to allow the filming of a reality crime show in Jackson because it might make the capital city look bad.
The city council had voted in June to allow the filming of the "The First 48," which airs on A&E. That was before Johnson's term as mayor began.
The show follows the first 48 hours of a homicide investigation, generally thought of as the most critical time for solving a crime.
Johnson said the show would not present "the image we want to portray on the national scene."
The council can override mayoral vetoes with a super majority of five votes.

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  • by T Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    I love watching "The First 48" and think it would be a good idea for them to film in Jackson. What is the mayor actually trying to hide. The show is not designed to make anyone look bad. It is designed to show how competent the officers are in their profession. The show is great and would do wonders for Jackson and Mississippi.
  • by regular joe Location: meridian on Jul 26, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    look bad? How much worse can it get?
  • by willie Location: bailey ms on Jul 26, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Thank God I don't live in Jackson, Where the mayor believes if he says it didn't happen then it didn't happen
  • by Big D Location: Crystal Springs,Ms on Jul 26, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    Harvey's good at sweeping things under the rug,,,this would bring out just how bad the Jackson crime problem is,,,an how ill equipt the police are at solving it.
  • by Shun Location: Meridian on Jul 26, 2009 at 01:41 AM
    Jackson is already on the list of "top 20 cities with highest number of homicides"....so "first 48" will not make it look any worse, just put murderers on "blast"
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