One mayor in a crime-infested city in Mississippi has a desperate offer to anyone who is part of the problem. He is willing to pay $10,000 of his own money to any drug dealer or gang member – criminals – who are willing to use the cash to relocate to another place, so long as it is not inside his city limits. The mayor with the desperate plan is Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy who proposed the astounding offer during a press conference, claiming that the money for the move would be “as deep as the mayor’s pocket.”
Because Mayor Espy wants to give free money to the criminals in his town, he hopes that the free money will make them change their ways and get them to move to somewhere else. So long as they’re not killing people and selling drugs in Clarksdale, Mayor Espy is happy. He’d rather shift them over to some other place to do what they do and use his massive wealth to do it. While his plan will not change the underlying problems associated with Clarksdale criminal and drug history, it does have the potential to move a few bad apples to another place and give them a chance to commit crimes in another part of Mississippi or the American South.
“We are talking directly to three groups of people. Drug dealers, gang members, and any wannabe criminals in the city of Clarksdale,” Mayor Espy said. “They may be in the wrong environment. So what I’m saying as the mayor today, I will put money on the line to assist those types of people in moving out of the city.”
Cynics wonder that as soon as the desperate criminals come out of the woodworks, Mayor Espy will simply round them up and throw them in jail. Because people would have to come forward in order to accept the money, they would have to admit that they are criminals, drug dealers, or gang members and thus admit their guilt. That’s a challenge that not everyone will want to take on if they’re involved in criminal activity.
Espy added, “It’s not to say you just want one criminal to move from one city to the next. They might just not have the good opportunities they need in this city. But make no mistake about it, we are asking those three groups of people if you are just simply a criminal, if you are a gang member or a drug dealer, move out of this city now.”
Because Mayor Espy does not have as much money as he would need to move every drug dealer out of Clarkdale, which is infested with crime and drugs, he is asking local businesses to give their cash to his efforts.
Mayor Espy’s cash offer is part of a five-point plan that aims to cut back on the high crime rates in Clarksdale that are scaring good people out of the community. Although crime rates are still at terrifying levels for the locals, Clarksdale Police Chief Sandra Williams wants people to know that under Mayor Espy’s efforts so far, homicide rates have gone down when compared to last year.
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