Meridian Mayor Jimmie Smith hired a qualified and strong police chief last year in Chris Read. A few months later, the woke City Council of the Mississippi town vetoed the hiring, going with Chief Deborah Young to try to control the gang-infested city of around 40,000 people.
It isn’t working out as planned.
According to WTOK, a gang fight at the high school prompted the cancelation of Friday’s football game:
Meridian High School revealed that there was an incident at Meridian High on Friday, September 9th. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of the students and fans, the decision was made to cancel the football game between the Wildcats and West Lauderdale according to Meridian High School.
It was announced earlier on Friday that originally no fans were permitted at the game before updating that the game itself had been canceled.
Decisions about who to lead a law enforcement department should be based on qualities, qualifications, and dedication to the job. By those standards, Chris Read was ideal. But the woke City Council had other criteria in mind such as diversity and equity so they chose someone less qualified and competent to meet their progressive standards.
Now, the city of Meridian must suffer for the City Council’s wokeness.