Escatawpa Man Accuses Police of Assault

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX)- Alvin McCorvey says he was a victim of assault by a Moss Point Police Officer.  And now he's taking action. He has the backing of the NAACP, which held a news conference in support of McCorvey.  Everyone at the news conferece believed what happened to McCorvey happens all too often.

"I hope that things change," McCorvey said, "but it's been this way for a long time, and seems that it's not getting better. It's getting worse."

McCorvey said two Moss Point Police officers responded to a domestic dispute call at his home on Jodie Street in Escatawpa.  He said his ex-fiancee placed the call during a custody dispute over their son, Alvin McCorvey, Jr.  He said the police officer's actions at the scene were unjust.

"They wrestled me down and took my car keys," he said, "and I was a victim and at the same time, threatened."

He also said the Moss Point Police Department was acting outside of its jurisdiction by responding, because his home is outside the Moss Point City Limits.  McCorvey says he took his complaint to the NAACP, where it was received with full support.

"These officers are remaining on the street with questionable actions," said Jackson County NAACP President Curley Clark, "when a normal thinking person would remove them off the streets until some of these issues are resolved."

Clark believes Moss Point leaders need to do something to resolve the continuing complaintsabout the police, and suggests relaunching the Citizen's Review Board.

"We strongly suggest that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen reconsider the citizen's review board," Clark said, "because that review board would serve as an independent oversight board to make sure that these type of situations are looked into in a timely manner, and make sure the citizens will have a venue to vent their complaints and not feel threatened."

Moss Point Police Chief Sheila Smallman was not available for interview, but said the responding officer did not take action against McCorvey.

Chief Smallman added that the Moss Point policeman was serving as backup to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, which also arrived at the scene.