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Carter has aspirations of becoming a police officer

Amory native Steven Carter, 22, spends part of his days as the manager of the The Mustard Seed Antique Emporium at 1737 University Ave. in Oxford.

The rest of his time is devoted to studying criminal justice.

“We’ve covered terrorism in depth,” said Carter, referring to his studies at the University of Mississippi. “Homeland security is my emphasis.”

Carter, who has a minor in political science, said he’s been learning the basics of how the criminal justice system works and how certain court cases are handled. He’s also been studying Constitutional law and plans to someday become a police officer.

“I kind of saw that the world’s not perfect, and it made me want to get out there,” he said, explaining why he’d like to become a police officer.

Carter said he became interested in law enforcement when he was in high school.

“When I was a senior in high school, we were trying to choose our careers, because it was career day in high school,” he said. “And I couldn’t think of anything. Police officer is the first thing that came to mind. From there, I researched it a little bit. It interested me.”

As a child, Carter noticed that others had a different view of law enforcement officers.

“When I was little, everyone looked at the police like they were some authority figure, over everybody, and police militarization,” he said. “I just wanted to get in there and show everyone else that it’s not like that.”

At The Mustard Seed, Carter is a manager, but with his knowledge of criminal justice, some could say he’s also a security guard.

“It’s an antique store with a bunch of furniture, homemade items and handcrafted stuff,” he said, describing the store. “It’s a women’s store. There are a lot of women who come in here. They could spend their entire day here easily.”

Carter said he can be found at the store almost every day.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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