The Mayor of Petal, Mississippi has sparked outrage over his comments about the recent death of a black man in Minnesota.
On Tuesday Marx tweeted "Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?"
Jason A. Darby, another Twitter user, responded by saying, "Would be nice to get a few in there that understand reasonable force, when it’s needed, and don’t give the rest of them a bad reputation."
"If you are talking about the incident in MN, I didn’t see anything unreasonable. If you can say you can’t breathe, you’re breathing. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn’t show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified."
What Marx meant, he said, was no one knows for sure how Floyd died or what the circumstances were before he was pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.
"I think that people are so quick to judge the police before they have all the facts," he said. "I can't say whether a crime was committed or whether they did anything right or wrong, all I'm saying is don't rush to judgment based on what you see in that video."
Now protests are taking place in Petal and some locals are demanding the mayor step down.
A listener to the Walton & Johnson show told us this morning that Antifa is now planning a rally in South Mississippi.
We checked into it and he's right: a group called Antifa South Mississippi is heading to Petal, Mississippi.
protesting Hal Marx comments on both Facebook and Twitter. DON'T FORGET THE PPE! Keep safe!
This is to be a non violent protest. We will have waters but please bring some if you can. Keep Hydrated! Signs are ok.
Meeting at noon Fri-sun.