Huntsville Police Chief anticipates safe, peaceful vigil on Friday evening

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Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray (WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Law enforcement officers want Huntsville residents to know they shouldn’t be afraid. They look forward to a night of unity for the Black Lives Matter/Fallen Officers vigil on Friday.

“We walk in unison with these type of movements because they want the same thing we want. We want a peaceful community that’s all striving for the same thing,” said Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray.

As Huntsville Police prepare to walk beside the marchers Friday night, it’s hard not to think of the terror that happened less than 24 hours ago in Dallas.

“Will we be looking out for that type of activity? Yes, and you’ll never see us doing it, I promise you. We will be watching the backs of each officer and everybody involved and we look forward to holding hands with this movement today. Just like we have in the past,” said McMurray.

Chief McMurray says even with the heightened national awareness, he believes in his department to carry out a peaceful, unified vigil with the Huntsville community. “This is a positive, fun place to be a police officer. You actually see the support of the community when you’re a Huntsville police officer,” said McMurray.

The march will take place Friday, July 8th at 6:30 pm starting at the intersection of Meridian Street and Cleveland Avenue. It will proceed to the Veterans Memorial on Monroe Street and then to the Fallen Officers Memorial at the Huntsville Public Safety Complex on Wheeler Avenue.