Past Updates for Mississippi

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Updates
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  • 5/16/2017: Federal prosecutors won't seek civil rights charges against a white Mississippi police officer in the June 2016 fatal shooting of a black man following a foot chase.[1] The decision was based on not enough evidence to prove Tupelo Police Officer Tyler Cook deliberately and unlawfully violated the rights of Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert.[2]
  • 5/15/2017: In the first prosecution under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act with a victim who was attacked because of gender identity. Joshua Brandon Vallum got a sentence of 49 years in prison after pleading guilty of killing Mercedes Williamson. Vallum killed Williamson after a friend discovered Williamson was transgender. [3]