SID SALTER: McMillin was tough, big-hearted

When I learned of the death of former Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin – a tough, old school lawman whose friendship I came to appreciate during my years covering crime in central Mississippi – my initial thoughts went back a day spent riding some of the most crime-ridden areas of the city of Jackson.

Many will remember that McMillin also served for a brief time as chief of police in Jackson while simultaneously serving as county sheriff. That fact unnerved and angered McMillin’s political opponents.

McMillin taught me early on during my Clarion-Ledger days that I would be pretty safe at night walking from the State Capitol back to the C-L offices down on Pearl Street. “That’s because at night, there’s no one on the streets in that area other than the homeless, the mentally ill, chronic alcoholics.””

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