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WALLS, Miss. (FOX13) -

With new evidence that has surfaced in the disappearance of James Irby, Jr., of Memphis during a May 4 traffic stop in Walls, Miss., the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is about to re-enter the case.

The Walls Police Department is not commenting on the case, but according to the Mississippi NAACP, they have been told by Walls Police a new tape has surfaced in the case, a tape that the NAACP says they have been told raises a lot of questions.

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Mississippi NAACP Vice President and Legal Director Charles Hampton said he has been told by Police Chief Reginald Harris that more dash cam footage has surfaced involving Irby's traffic stop.

"Well I am hearing that there is new information on that tape that the family hasn't seen, 12 minutes of the tape," Hampton said. "But there is more footage on the tape that has popped up now."
 
Walls Police is not commenting on the case. Hampton said he has been told by walls Police that the complete tape raises questions of racial profiling during Irby's May 4 traffic stop in Walls.

Irby disappeared during that traffic stop by Officer Zach Jenkins.

Hampton said he has contacted MBI and the state's investigative bureau is going to return to the case. FOX13 News has confirmed through an independent source that MBI is in fact going to take another look at the Irby case.

"They are going to go over and view those tapes and I plan to go over and view those tapes again," Hampton said. "At what point I don't know. Yes there is more information on the tape that the family hasn't seen and the chief feels that MBI hasn't seen either."

Hampton said he's concerned the tape that was presented to investigators under former police chief Gary Boisseau may have been doctored. Boisseau has always maintained that his department did nothing wrong in the traffic stop, and that the department was cleared by MBI.
 
"At this particular time I feel that there has been some tampering with the tapes," Hampton said. "Now that there is more tape that the chief says there might be more on, I feel that somebody may have tampered with those tapes."

FOX13 News has been told Officer Jenkins is currently on suspension until next week for a personnel matter. He recently came under fire for the mishandling of a meth lab stop in the town.

Boisseau said the tape will show that Officer Jenkins was 100 percent right in the traffic stop of Irby and added the tape is not new, and that the video in no way shows that there was racial profiling in the stop.

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