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Concerns continue over controversial Pascagoula traffic stop

Concerns about the July 29th traffic stop of former Moss Point police chief Art McClung are still very much alive in Pascagoula.  (Photo source: WLOX) Concerns about the July 29th traffic stop of former Moss Point police chief Art McClung are still very much alive in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)
Pascagula property owner Mark Everson doesn't think enough has been done to investigate the actions of the Pascagoula Police Department and Chief Kenny Johnson following the traffic stop. (Photo source: WLOX) Pascagula property owner Mark Everson doesn't think enough has been done to investigate the actions of the Pascagoula Police Department and Chief Kenny Johnson following the traffic stop. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Concerns about the July 29th traffic stop of former Moss Point police chief Art McClung are still very much alive in Pascagoula.

Pascagoula property owner Mark Everson doesn't think enough has been done to investigate the actions of the Pascagoula Police Department and Chief Kenny Johnson following the traffic stop. He thinks the city council needs to take action. 

"That's what they are there to do. They are there to assure the citizenry that they are looking at the government of Pascagoula to make sure that it's following the law and being efficiently and fairly run," Everson explained.

You'll remember, McClung was clocked going 109 miles per hour down a Pascagoula street, and admitted having a few drinks before getting behind the wheel. He was never charged, and instead was given a ride home by Pascagoula officers. It all became public three weeks ago, and McClung has since resigned.  

Pascagoula City Manager Joe Huffman has closed the investigation into the events of that night.

"In the council manager form of government, the city council really doesn't get involved in reviewing the chief's decisions. The council can review my decisions," Huffman said.  

But Everson, who has a strong law enforcement background, feels there's more at stake.

"We're in a situation right now in our country where there's a lot of concern about police departments and are they applying the law in an even handed manner," Everson said.

He's also not condemning the actions of the police in this case, but only to a point. 

"It's perfectly legitimate for a police department, a law enforcement agency to exercise discretion. But doing that with a colleague shouldn't be a looser standard. If anything, it should be a higher standard," Everson said.

While most of the city leaders in Pascagoula say they understand the concerns that some citizens have over this traffic stop, they also have another answer as well.

"A lot of people jump to conclusions and the first conclusion that I jumped to early on what that while I may or may not agree with a particular decision he made, I assumed immediately that he did so for the betterment of the city," Huffman said.

How does Everson feel he would have been treated if he was the one that was pulled over? 

"I don't think I'd be given a ride home."

Everson is on Tuesday night's city council agenda to speak to city leaders directly about his concerns.

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