Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -
Waveland's police chief would like to see tasers back on the streets. You may recall Mayor David Garcia took tasers away from the department shortly after taking office.
The chief says the stun guns would be beneficial for his officers in keeping them safe and preventing deadly force.
"It's probably one of the better tools that's ever come out for law enforcement," Waveland Police Chief Kenny Hurt said. "And if used properly, it's probably the best tool made."
But some say the Waveland police force hasn't always used those tools properly. Under the previous administration, the city and the police department faced 14 lawsuits involving the use of tasers, most alleged the
abuse of the stun guns. Ten of those lawsuits have been settled or
"I have no plans what so ever putting them back on the police officers at this time," Waveland Mayor David Garcia said. "Nothing against the police officers, we have some very fine policemen. Chief Hurt is doing a good job. But it's just I have as mayor so much on my plate that I don't have time to deal with that issue at this time."
"Tasers, they have their place and they have their use in law enforcement. That's the purpose, it's a tool. But it's a tool that the citizens of Waveland is paying for today, and we want to be careful. I want to be careful that when the day comes when I sit down and evaluate the situation, that I'm comfortable and feel good about the policies and procedures that are in place," explained Garcia.
The police chief said there have been several incidences over the past year where a taser could have been helpful. Specifically a situation caught on tape where a mentally ill man threatened his family with a knife.
"He's totally out of control, he's got a knife and it took four officers about 25 minutes to subdue him," Hurt recalled. "And if we had a taser, it would have been just a matter of minutes and it would have been over with and nobody hurt."
"Policemen can still do their job. They do them every day without tasers all over the United States," Garcia said. "Every department throughout the United States do not automatically issue tasers."
The mayor said right now he has more pressing issues to tackle in the city than putting tasers back in the hands of officers. Chief Hurt would like to see at least one officer per shift to be allowed to carry a taser.
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