Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney in Jackson, wasn’t wrong when he complained a few days ago that judges release too many of the city’s violent offenders on bond and that city officials sometimes deny Jackson has a problem with crime, gangs and drugs.

What’s bothersome is that he leveled the criticism at a press conference to discuss the results of a four-day operation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Officers made 25 arrests, including four murder suspects; and recovered drugs, stolen cars and firearms.

Given that success, it sounds like Hurst needs to plan this type of operation every few weeks. That’s certainly a better strategy than creating divisions with elected officials.


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