Jackson, Miss., is on the verge of administrative chaos after allegations of abuse were lodged against the city’s crime-fighting mayor, Frank Melton. He has gained notice in recent months for strapping on a gun and driving a portable police command center to trouble spots in the city, often confronting alleged criminals. He is now accused of participating in a late night Aug. 26 raid at an alleged drug house at which he directed young men in his entourage to knock down parts of the building with sledgehammers. Members of his entourage, including police bodyguards, also are accused of beating a handcuffed manager of a bar that same night.
Melton has become scarce at City Hall, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and his attorney has advised him against commenting on the raids. His adversaries in the raids have announced plans to sue. The local sheriff has investigated the incidents, and a grand jury is expected to consider whether charges should be brought against the mayor and or other involved. The city council will meet to consider its own investigation of the mayor, and state Attorney General Jim Hood also is investigating.