Posted on January 13, 2022

Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes Blames Recent Crimes on Local Businesses

Leah Williams, WJTV, January 5, 2022

Just five days into the new year, there have already been several shootings in Jackson.

Just last night, four teens were shot at a gas station near Capitol Street and Ellis Avenue. Councilman Kenneth Stokes said although the incident wasn’t in his ward, it could have potentially been avoided.


Along with the city council, Councilman Stokes also blames the business owners for not adding additional security.

“You’ve had two deaths in Jackson so far, and both of them are associated with the Indian business community… The hotel was owned by an Indian business man. The service station was owned by an Indian business man. They will not provide security and they will not make it safer for black people. Black people need to stop spending their money with them,” said Councilman Stokes.