Group to Hold Protest Rally

A new police chief will assume his duties next week in Meridian. But a group called Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion remains opposed to him and how he was chosen for the job.

Members held a news conference Thursday to announce a protest rally will be held and to encourage others to participate in a call for the city council to withdraw its confirmation of Lee Shelbourn.

"Where do we stand? I thought we were the community," said the Rev. Milton Johnson, chairman of Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion. "I thought the community elected who's supposed to be in office. And the community should have a choice or it would be able to sit down at the table and discuss who it is you're bringing in as the new police chief."

The group plans to hold t rally Sunday at 3 p.m. at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian.

It's also questioning the transfer of Meridian's fire chief to a position as grant writer. Jeff Homan, who is white, was replaced by Anthony Clayton, a veteran firefighter who is black.

Meridian's form of government allows mayors to choose their own department heads, who do not have civil service protection.

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