AUGUST 16, 2022
On August 6, 2022, I issued a Press Release concerning a Highway Patrol Officer and Mr. Eugene Lewis. I stated that the incident was alarming and disturbing. I asked Representative Daryl Porter to request an Internal Investigation, which he did. I ended the release by asking that you would allow the internal investigation to be completed and that you would let your voice be heard.
Many of you took to social media and voiced your opinion (negative and positive) about this incident as well as my duties and responsibility as it relates to this incident. I stand firm behind my actions.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Internal Affairs, and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation completed their investigation and released the dash cam video. After reviewing the dash cam video, it answered my “Why” questions. It was determined that Officer Falvey's actions were in line with his training. This only re-enforced my statement, "the need to let the investigation be completed".
I want to thank Representative Daryl Porter for his prompt assistance, and I want to thank the State Agencies for their efficient and transparent investigation.