Mississippi police use 'Wheel of Justice' to decide who to arrest

Picayune police nabbed their first suspect Tuesday using the department’s newly created “Wheel of Justice,” which puts the names of those wanted for drug offenses on a wheel for police officers to spin to determine who to arrest next.

At the Picayune Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday, officers spun the wheel and it landed on 24-year-old Dewayne Allen Bester Jr. He was wanted for sale of crack cocaine within 1,500 feet of a church or school and failure to appear. He was also out on bond for a murder charge in Hattiesburg. According to the Picayune Item, Bester was charged along with two other suspects for their roles in the death of Larry Blakely, 22, of Hattiesburg, in June 2008.

Bester was arrested at a home on Shirley Drive in Picayune on Tuesday afternoon. The wheel had landed on him less than an hour before his capture.

Officers plan to spin the wheel once per week at different locations in the city. Next week, they may do it at a local radio station, Ervin said. Narcotics officers will determine which drug suspects to put in the running and they likely won’t feature the same eight offenders from week to week. Ervin said Picayune police’s drug arrests aren’t limited to those Tuesdays when they spin the wheel.

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