UPDATE: Rock to be sentenced for fake traffic stops

By Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Former Ecru policeman Jody Mac Rock will be sentenced Sept. 19 for his guilty plea to federal civil rights violations at fake traffic stops.

Rock, 35, now a Pontotoc County minister, was accused in 2012 of depriving two motorists of their civil rights in 2008 by allegedly demanding money in exchange for destroying a traffic ticket against each.

He pleaded guilty Feb. 26 and admitted he, acting as a police officer, violated their rights to be free of unreasonable search and seizure.

Maximum penalty is one year in prison and $100,000 fine or both.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock will sentence him with guidance from a report prepared about him by the U.S. Probation Service.