Two Rosedale officers relieved of duties
by Chance Wright
Mar 11, 2012 | 3933 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A call to the Rosedale Police Department on Saturday morning confirmed that two city police officers have been relieved of their duty effective immediately.

An event that occurred on February 17, 2012, led to officers Nakia Hall and Arthur Griham's release.

"On or around Feb. 17, a tow truck came to Rosedale to repossess a vehicle owned by officer Hall," said Rosedale Mayor Carey Estes shortly after the incident. "The vehicle was located in the parking lot behind the courthouse and while the driver of the tow truck was hooking up the vehicle someone made a phone call to officer Hall."

Officers Hall, Griham, and Michael Honorable were on duty at the time of the incident. Hall and Griham were on patrol at West Bolivar Middle School, located on Miss. Highway 1, when they noticed the truck hauling Hall's vehicle pass in front of them.

A chase ensued and continued nearly 10 miles outside of the Rosedale city limits. During the chase, the driver of the truck called the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department asking for assistance giving his location as just west of the town of Pace.

Two deputies arrived on the scene. "At that point the driver of the truck, from Mid-Delta Recovery, pulled to the side of the road and officers Hall and Griham pulled up behind him," said Estes. "That is the point where stories became conflicted.

Interim Police Chief Elijah Johnson said that it is against department policy for officers to make stops outside of the city limits.

"Our responsibility is to serve and protect the people of Rosedale," said Johnson. "The officers know that they are not supposed to make stops outside the city limits."

In order for an officer to be removed from their position, a majority vote must be reached by the Mayor and Board of Alderman.

Attempts by The Bolivar Commercial to contact Mayor Estes were unsuccessful on Saturday.

Officer Hall has contacted the local chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. but it is unclear at this time if he will fight his firing.