Jackson police chief says officer fired after bribery charge

– Associated Press – Thursday, September 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Jackson police officer has been fired after being indicted on a federal bribery charge.

The U.S. attorney’s office says officer Melvin Williams was arrested Thursday. He appeared before a federal magistrate, pleaded not guilty and was released on $10,000 bond.

Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance told multiple news outlets that Williams, who had been an officer six years, was fired after being arrested.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney, the indictment charges that from February until this month, Williams solicited, demanded and accepted things of value totaling $5,000 from a person intending to be influenced and rewarded. The person is not identified.

Williams is scheduled for trial Dec. 5.



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