Politician seeks to delay ID of officers in police shootings

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi state Rep. Mark Baker says he wants to introduce legislation to prevent the city of Jackson from releasing the names of officers involved in shootings until investigations conclude.

Baker tells The Clarion Ledger he wants to prevent the city of Jackson from moving forward with its plan to identify officers before investigations are complete. Baker is also a candidate for attorney general in Mississippi's 2019 elections.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba last year created a new policy requiring the release of officer names within 72 hours of a shooting if there's no credible threat to officer safety.

Lumumba said Monday that his city stands behind the move as it encourages transparency and a better relationship between the community and law enforcement.

The policy adoption prompted the state Bureau of Investigation to announce it would no longer investigate the city's police shootings.