Profane photo gone viral sparks controversy in Hub City

JACKSON, Tenn. — A photo that shows what appears to be a teen standing on a police car with his middle fingers up is getting a lot of attention both on- and offline. The picture is of a young man, whom we are not identifying because he may be a minor. He is clearly standing on a Jackson Police Department cruiser and holding up two middle fingers. “You don’t do that,” Jackson resident Teresa Steele told WBBJ Sunday. “That’s what the police are here for, to protect us and watch out for us, but you don’t stand up on some police car and stick up your middle finger. That’s not telling the kids the right thing to do.” “I think it’s crazy,” Jackson resident Dee Bailey said. “We young black men, we need to do something better than that. For the young black guys watching, I hope y’all understand that that’s not cool at all. We’re better than that. We’re motivators. We’re leaders. That isn’t how you lead. It’s in the wrong direction.” The picture was apparently snapped while the cruiser was parked in the Old Hickory Mall parking lot. It has received hundreds of comments on a Facebook page about Jackson. The Jackson Police Department released a statement on its Facebook page Sunday night stating the following: “The Jackson Police Department is aware of the picture that is currently circulating on Facebook which shows a young man standing on a patrol car. The department will take efforts to determine the identity of this person. The department wants all citizens of this city and surrounding communities to know this city is still a safe place to shop and enjoy. The greater good will prevail! Thank you to all who took the time and effort to notify the men and women of this department. The Jackson Police Department needs this community and those whom are concerned to remain vigilant and report activities that violate law and PEACE.” Some residents said supporting law enforcement is all it takes to combat this kind of negative image. The Jackson Police Department said officers are working to identify the person and cruiser in the picture. They could not say whether any charges will be filed.

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Profane photo gone viral sparks controversy in Hub City

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A photo that shows what appears to be a teen standing on a police car with his middle fingers up is getting a lot of attention both on- and offline. The picture is of a young man, whom we are not identifying because he may be a minor. He is clearly standing on a Jackson Police Department cruiser and holding up two middle fingers. “You don’t do that,” Jackson resident Teresa Steele told WBBJ Sunday. “That’s what the police are here for, to protect us and watch out for us, but you don’t stand up on some police car and stick up your middle finger. That’s not telling the kids the right thing to do.” “I think it’s crazy,” Jackson resident Dee Bailey said. “We young black men, we need to do something better than that. For the young black guys watching, I hope y’all understand that that’s not cool at all. We’re better than that. We’re motivators. We’re leaders. That isn’t how you lead. It’s in the wrong direction.” The picture was apparently snapped while the cruiser was parked in the Old Hickory Mall parking lot. It has received hundreds of comments on a Facebook page about Jackson. The Jackson Police Department released a statement on its Facebook page Sunday night stating the following: “The Jackson Police Department is aware of the picture that is currently circulating on Facebook which shows a young man standing on a patrol car. The department will take efforts to determine the identity of this person. The department wants all citizens of this city and surrounding communities to know this city is still a safe place to shop and enjoy. The greater good will prevail! Thank you to all who took the time and effort to notify the men and women of this department. The Jackson Police Department needs this community and those whom are concerned to remain vigilant and report activities that violate law and PEACE.” Some residents said supporting law enforcement is all it takes to combat this kind of negative image. The Jackson Police Department said officers are working to identify the person and cruiser in the picture. They could not say whether any charges will be filed.

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