Citizens Committee Ready To Work

A newly formed citizens committee that will investigate complaints about the Moss Point Police Department and other city agencies begins meeting next month. The Moss Point Board of Aldermen recently appointed the eight residents, who will look into complaints and make suggestions to the board about how to handle them.

The city voted to create a citizens committee after the Moss Point-Jackson County chapter of the NAACP told city officials that it had received numerous complaints involving police officers. ``Once the committee begins to investigate complaints, we feel the city will know more about what's happening,'' said Curley Clark, chapter president. Relations between the police department and black residents of Moss Point have been tense since Marcus Malone, who was black, died in police custody two years ago after officers stopped him for a traffic violation.

Two Moss Point officers and an auxiliary officer have since been indicted on manslaughter charges.