Two Cleveland police officers have been placed on administrative leave until the suspicious death of Jermaine Williams on July 23 is resolved.
Williams’s death is still being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.
“It’s an unfortunate circumstance that has occurred for the family of both the victim and the law enforcement officers,” said Ward II Alderman Robert Sanders. “As a community, we have to continue to bridge the gap between the law enforcement agency and the community.
“We as leaders will also let the community know that they have the full support of their city officials during this trying moment we’re experiencing,” said Sanders. “We would like the community to know that they have our full-pledged support and that every policy and procedure of the city of Cleveland is being executed.
“We have to try and deal with this from a community standpoint,” he said. “We have to stay together and not divided. We have to become closer as a community and as a city.
“We have just experienced one great tragedy with the death of Scotty “Tut” Tutwiler Jr.,” said Sanders, referring to the citizen who died following a gunshot wounds he sustained at Fermier’s nightclub at the beginning of the month. “We are trying to heal from that unfortunate circumstance.
“Now we have another tragedy we have to face,” he said. “We have to remain together and stay close so that our children are allowed the chance to have a great lifestyle.
“We as a city have made some tremendous progress,” said Sanders. “We have accomplished some great things and we need to continue to push forward.
“We want to make sure we provide a positive lifestyle that our kids feel safe and will enjoy living in,” he said.
“To the entire Cleveland community, you have the support of your city,” said Sanders. “We will get through this unfortunate circumstance.”