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Meanwhile, the mayor who was going to erradicate criminality in 90 days has presided over dramatic increases in crime, a shrinking police roster, increasing contempt for public records, and reports of disturbing gaffes by officers—two of which may have led to the domestic violence deaths of two women.
Around the same time, a young man died after being tasered while in police custody, and a policeman shot another unarmed man at a traffic stop. The police chief will not address community concerns about any of these cases, refusing to release relevant police policies, saying they are all “personnel matters.”
And the Melton saga continues. A week ago, Melton announced that he was promoting one of his bodyguards, Michael Recio, to assistant police chief. Recio hasn't even passed the sergeant’s exam, leading many to believe that the promotion is blatant cronyism, an attempt to put a "yes" man who won't challenge Melton's authority in a powerful position. A group of officers from the Jackson Police Department marched on City Hall in protest.
In May 2006, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann nominated Melton for his “Worst Person in the World” award ,after the school bus incident made national news. Since then, Our Mayor Frank has only gotten bolder, more corrupt, and more foolish. So welcome to Jackson, home of the worst mayor in America.