Mississippi

Mississippi police have sparked outrage after four of their white police officers and dogs posed for a picture with a Black suspect that they had just caught.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. A broad coalition of lawmakers — Black and white, Democrat and Republican — voted Sunday for […]

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted. The outspoken coach on Wednesday night tweeted a picture depicting an elderly woman knitting, the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, […]

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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Teresa Hazelwood stopped by a Dollar General store in northern Mississippi to get some chips, and soon found herself riding out a suspected tornado in the parking lot and felt it lifting her car. She gripped the steering wheel and prayed. “I just prayed to God, oh please God help me,” […]

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MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was given four death sentences by a jury on Thursday, hours after he spoke in court and blamed the devil for his actions the night eight people were shot to death. Willie Cory Godbolt, 37, was convicted Tuesday of the May 2017 slayings of eight people. Four of […]

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JAY-Z and Yo Gotti have teamed with lawyers representing the 152 inmates inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to file a second lawsuit in federal court over the “inhumane and dangerous conditions of confinement” in prisons. According to CBS News, the inmates say they’ve been denied adequate medical and mental health care, fed contaminated food and retaliated against for speaking with their […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, Congress has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation and after dozens of similar efforts were defeated. […]

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MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — The daughter of a Mississippi man on trial in the shooting deaths of eight people testified Monday that he was abusive and beat her frequently. My’Khyiah Godbolt took the stand at a courthouse in Magnolia, the Daily Leader newspaper reported, to testify against her father, Willie Cory Godbolt. Godbolt, 37, is […]

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are looking into conditions at four state prisons after the deaths of at least 15 inmates since late December. The investigation […]

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling for a new hearing for a Mississippi man sentenced to 12 years in prison for possessing a cellphone in a county jail. According to ABC News, 39-year-old Willie Nash was being held at the Newton County Jail in 2018 on a misdemeanor charge when it was discovered that he […]

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According to officials,  “blunt force beating” was the cause of death for two inmates who died in a Mississippi prison on January 20. NBC News reports the recent deaths, which occurred at Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, bring the death toll across the state’s prison system to at least seven since the beginning of the year. […]

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Ex-Mississippi State Bulldog wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson was killed in an apparent homicide on Tuesday (January 21) in Birmingham according to police. In a video released by the Birmingham Police Department on Twitter, Sgt. Johnny Williams said investigators arrived at a home in the 2100 block of Northland Avenue Tuesday to investigate “a person that was down.” “They received information […]