Family stages sit-in at city hall over relative’s killing at hands of police officer

Published 8:09 am Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The family of a man killed by a police officer in Mississippi is staging a sit-in at City Hall.

News outlets report relatives of 27-year-old Toussaint Diamon Sims vowed Monday not to move from Moss Point City Hall until a meeting is called to address their demands.

They want to see the officer’s body camera video, and they want the officer fired.

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Moss Point Mayor Mario King said the city has no plans for a meeting and he has no authority over the officer’s employment.

State authorities are investigating the shooting. Police say Sims was shot last week after pointing a weapon at an officer. The Rev. Anton Jackson says he saw an officer plant the gun on Sims after the shooting.

An autopsy was scheduled Monday.