Aldermen to enlist third party to determine best “action”

Published 7:00 am Thursday, September 21, 2017

At its last meeting, the Board of Aldermen vowed to take action against a Poplarville Police Officer who allegedly acted on his own accord to shut down a community event last month, previous coverage states. After holding an executive session during Tuesday evening’s Board of Aldermen meeting, Poplarville Mayor Rossie Creel said the Board made progress in resolving the incident.

“The Board decided it would be best if they sought a third party for their opinion on the matter before making a final decision on what action to take,” Creel said.

The decision to seek a third party’s opinion was one that Creel said will help justify the incident.

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Creel said the Board is in the initial stages of seeking that outside opinion but have yet to decide whom that third party will be.

Previous coverage states that Poplarville Police Office Bruce Eades acted without order or direction from his superiors when he told organizers of the “Friday Night Lights Concert” held Aug. 18th that the concert needed to shut down immediately, previous coverage states.

As a result of that action, event organizers Darrick Williams, Danica Hart and Elizabeth Swindle brought the incident to the Board to request action to be taken against officer Eades.

The organizers hired security to be in compliance with the Pearl River County Fairgrounds regulations and said during a previous Board meeting that they felt harassed and discriminated against by the police department because of the officer’s actions and the unnecessary presence of other police  officers at the event.

A timetable as to when the Board will decide the action to be taken was not available by press time Wednesday.