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Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature, seated outside the darkened Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Mississippi could erase multistep election system

Jun. 14, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters might get a chance to purge a Jim Crow-era provision from the state constitution and simplify the process of electing the governor and other statewide officials. Legislators are close to agreeing on House Concurrent Resolution 47. It would put a proposal on the...

Makayla Hendrick, 9, left, stands next to Rep. Zakiya Summers, D-Jackson, who cries as she addresses a group protesting on behalf of Hendrick's late father, Ricky Ball, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The group protested over Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch's recent decision to drop a manslaughter charge against former Columbus Police Officer Canyon Boykin. Boykin, who is white, had been charged in the October 2015 shooting death of Ball. Summers, who has three sons, expressed her concern for their safety in the current state of police enforcement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Protesters talked, 1st-year lawmaker listened

Jun. 7, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Zakiya Summers of Jackson has been in the Mississippi House only since January. She stepped into a leadership role Friday when protesters were demanding to enter the state Capitol and were being blocked by police officers who stood in front of a locked door. The...

State Rep. Kabir Karriem, D-Columbus, reads a letter from Republican state Attorney General Lynn Fitch on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The letter explained why Fitch decided not to prosecute a white former police officer in the 2015 shooting death of an African American man after a traffic stop in Columbus, Miss. Karriem criticized Fitch's decision. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Dropping case of white ex-cop a 'knife' to trust, rep says

Jun. 4, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker on Thursday criticized the state attorney general's decision to drop the prosecution of a white former police officer who was indicted in the 2015 shooting death of an African American man after a traffic stop. “It really puts a knife in the trust of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, former Columbus Police officer Canyon Boykin, center, is led from the Lowndes County Courthouse in handcuffs while people applaud in Columbus, Miss. The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against Boykin in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. (Luisa Porter/The Commercial Dispatch via AP, File)

DA: Bad time to drop charge of ex-cop in black man's death

May. 29, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A local Mississippi prosecutor said Friday that the state attorney general had bad timing in dropping a manslaughter charge this week against a white former police officer in the 2015 killing of a black man, given protests erupting across the U.S. over similar killings. District...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, former Columbus Police officer Canyon Boykin, center, is led from the Lowndes County Courthouse in handcuffs while people applaud in Columbus, Miss. The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against Boykin in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. (Luisa Porter/The Commercial Dispatch via AP, File)

Mississippi to drop charge of white ex-cop in man's death

May. 28, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against a white former police officer in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. The...