Authorities say a Chicago man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old female relative in an act witnessed in an online forum used for remote teaching. (WLOX) - Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer died Friday following complications from surgery on July 21. Mayor Dan Gibson and members of the Natchez Board of Aldermen were inaugurated Friday. “How could you watch this video and make such an idiotic comment,” Alford wrote on Facebook. “For sending that, all of a sudden I'm called racist, I need to have a knee put on my neck — all kinds of hateful stuff simply for having an opinion and asking people to get all the facts before they judge. In a subsequent statement, the city of Petal said the Board of Aldermen has called a special meeting Thursday to address concerns and discuss how to move forward after Marx's recent comments. Floyd's family is calling for them to face charges, and protests broke out Tuesday and Wednesday in Minneapolis in response to the death. The banner includes elements honoring the Natchez Indians who were “the first occupants and owners of this land,” Gibson said. Gibson hopes to have the flag adopted as the new city flag. Gibson succeeds Darryl Grennell, a Democrat who did not seek a second term as mayor in the city of 14,600. "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. During the inauguration ceremony Friday, Gibson presented Grennell with a banner that includes the Natchez city seal that was adopted while Grennell was mayor. Tommy was a fast friend and reliable colleague. Filed under George Floyd , mayors , mississippi … In a statement, Reso asked that everyone respect the family’s privacy and to keep them in your prayers during this difficult time. A Mississippi mayor is under fire for comments about the in-custody death of George Floyd, including his remark, “if you can talk, you can breathe.”. The image also contains West African Adinkra symbols “Mmere Dane,” which means “change,” and “Boa me na me mmoa wo,” interpreted to mean “help me, and let me help you.”. ", The city of Petal released a statement on Facebook on Wednesday saying Marx’s comments were “not representative of all of our city leaders.”, Download the NBC News app for breaking news and alerts, “We understand the frustrations his statements have caused,” the city aldermen wrote. New Natchez, Miss., Mayor Dan Gibson, left, presents a flag to outgoing Mayor Darryl Grennell, Friday, July 24, 2020. His welcoming personality and upbeat approach in providing leadership to his community endeared him to many. DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. New Natchez, Miss., Mayor Dan Gibson, left, presents a flag to outgoing Mayor Darryl Grennell, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP) — A man who once ran as a Republican for Mississippi governor has become the new Democratic mayor of Natchez, and this is the second city where he has held the top job. Schafer holds the honor of being Diamondhead’s first mayor, having been elected in 2013 after the community incorporated. "Those comments are his personal views and he has the right to share his views on his personal page.”. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert for two boys out of Pascagoula. In response to the backlash, Marx defended his comments, saying, “The tolerant progressives can’t tolerate a simple statement of fact,” according to NBC Jackson affiliate WLBT. Anthony Alford, an outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays and graduate of Petal High School, also responded. Video footage shows him saying "I can't breathe" while on the ground. Public schools in Hawaii have reported 10 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus among staff and students during the week that ended Friday. The 7 p.m. meeting will be open to the public and live-streamed on Facebook. (Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat via AP) The Associated Press. He also said that he meant that no one knows for certain how Floyd died or what the circumstances were before he was pinned to the ground by a police officer, according to the Hattiesburg American. ", He added, "I've seen too many cases before where the police were judged to be guilty in the public's eye but later were found to be not guilty under the law.”, Marx also said that some responses to his comments have been extreme. Mayor Schafer leaves behind his wife, Camille, and one daughter, Caroline. “We also pay honor to those enslaved African men and women and their children, for truly we would not be here and this city would not be the beautiful city that it is today had it not been for their ultimate sacrifice,” said Gibson, who is white and is leading a majority-Black city. Floyd, 46, who was black, died in Minneapolis police custody after a white officer pinned him to the ground and put his knee on his neck for about eight minutes. The largest wildfire in Colorado history grew overnight as high winds pushed the blaze through rural communities and the forecast predicts more “extreme fire behavior” on Saturday. Copyright 2020 WLOX. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack,” Marx wrote with no evidence, following up with another tweet that said “officers were not restricting his breathing.”, Marx was quickly criticized on social media. Gadsden State Community College will have a new leader with the start of the new year. As Californians Get Older, Fires Get Faster. Virginia’s first medical cannabis processor has officially opened to patients. An estimated 94,165 people have recovered from the virus. The platform is designed to engage citizens and government leaders in a discussion about what needs improvement across the country. (Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat via AP), California Do Not Sell My Personal Information Request. He has lived in Natchez the past four years and owns a bed-and-breakfast inn. COVID-19 in Mississippi: 110,006 cases, 3,171 deaths reported by health dept. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes offered his sympathy in a statement, saying, “It is with great sorrow that we offer our deepest condolences to the family of Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer. The flag features the official seal of the City of Natchez. The Natchez Democrat newspaper reported that he ran on a platform of bringing jobs and economic opportunity to the city. He had been hospitalized in serious condition for the last 10 days. Matt Bush / The Hattiesburg American via AP file, city of Petal released a statement on Facebook, Four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were fired, Floyd's family is calling for them to face charges. Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. Schafer holds the honor of being Diamondhead’s first mayor, having been elected in … Offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts Javon Patterson tweeted, “You know as a former resident of Petal ... this is truly disturbing to see. NATCHEZ, Miss. Mayor Hal Marx of Petal, Mississippi, said he “didn’t see anything unreasonable” in the video of George Floyd's arrest. May God rest his soul and bring peace and comfort to his family and friends.”. He was re-elected for a second term in 2017. Ex-GOP Governor Hopeful Becomes Democratic Mayor of Natchez, New Natchez, Miss., Mayor Dan Gibson, left, presents a flag to outgoing Mayor Darryl Grennell, Friday, July 24, 2020. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. May 28, 2020, 2:29 PM UTC / Updated May 28, 2020, 2:36 PM UTC By Ben Kesslen A Mississippi mayor is under fire for comments about the in-custody death of George Floyd… Mayor Schafer leaves behind his wife, Camille, and one daughter, Caroline.