Former Mississippi police officer arrested. She was recently terminated from police force.

Published 12:51 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023

A recently terminated Mississippi police officer was arrested Wednesday on several charges during a traffic stop.

Kenya McCarty was arrested by Ridgeland Police and charged with being in possession of marijuana, being in possession of a firearm while illegally in possession of a controlled substance, and an open container violation.

Officials with the Ridgeland Police Department say they also found a Jackson Police Badge in the car. McCarty was recently terminated from the Jackson Poice Department after being put on leave with pay in connection with the death of a person in the police’s custody. In the incident, two other JPD officers were also placed on leave with pay.

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City officials have not said if McCarty’s termination was connected to the in-custody death.

In December 2021, McCarty was placed on administrative leave after Flowood Police arrested her and another officer for possession of marijuana and an open container violation at a park.