Wiggins Residents Protest Unfair Police Treatment - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Wiggins Residents Protest Unfair Police Treatment

A group of Wiggins and Stone County residents protested what they call unfair treatment by the Wiggins Police Department on Saturday.

The protestors stood outside city hall with picket signs accusing Mayor Ferris O'Neal and Police Chief Steve Compston of discrimination and neglecting their duties. Chief Steve Compston insists that his department treats everyone fairly.

Millie Touchstone disagrees. She passed out flyers accusing the Wiggins Police Department of racial discrimination. A few months ago, she says she called police after she and her husband were assaulted by a customer at their mechanic shop; but she says they were treated unfairly because they are white and the alleged perpetrator and officer are black.

"This man did not arrest him because he was black and he did know him," Touchstone said. "I feel that [I'm] discriminated against. I feel like I'm discriminated against from this police department because they did not protect me and my husband."

Other people who lined the street in front of city hall say these kinds of incidents are too common. They claim the law in Wiggins doesn't apply equally to everyone.

"I'm not sure where it starts, but you know where the buck stops. It's always with the top men, and in this case it would be the mayor and the chief of police," Stone County resident John Cripps said.

The Wiggins police chief says the protesters' allegations are not true. He says he instructs all his officers to treat other people the way they would want to be treated.

"I say they're wrong," Chief Compston said. "We treat everybody the same, everybody fairly. We do not involve any kind of racial lines in our performance of our job."

Chief Compston says charges were filed against the person accused of assaulting the Touchstones. The case is still pending because the original judge decided not to hear the case because she had represented the defendant in another matter.

We were not able to reach the mayor for comment about the allegations.

By Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • WLOX Editorial: Do your work

    WLOX Editorial: Do your work

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:41 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:41:39 GMT

    We live in a wonderful time. We have the capability of instant communication with almost anyone at any time; all in the palm of our hands. We can stay connected to everyone all the time which is great - most of the time. There are times when we need to put aside our smart phones and do our jobs. 

    More >>

    We live in a wonderful time. We have the capability of instant communication with almost anyone at any time; all in the palm of our hands. We can stay connected to everyone all the time which is great - most of the time. There are times when we need to put aside our smart phones and do our jobs. 

    More >>
  • Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Neshoba's giant house party in high gear

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:26:44 GMT
    The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)The cabins are packed at the Neshoba County Fair for ths annual Mississippi tradition (Photo Source: Google)

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>

    Mississippi’s giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it’s still a must visit event for families across the magnolia state. This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi’s elected leaders.

    More >>
  • Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Tax-free shopping holiday starts Friday

    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:53 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:53:43 GMT
    Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Cash registers will be busy next weekend when Mississippi hotds its annual sales tax holiday (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>

    If you need clothes, shoes, or even a backpack, and you like to save a few dollars, you might want to postpone your shopping excursion until next Friday and Saturday.. Those two days are tax-free shopping days across Mississippi. In 2009, the Mississippi legislature created the sales tax holiday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly