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Counter-protester pleads guilty to bringing gun to 2018 Huntsville immigration rally, city wants money for body cam evidence

Shane Ryan Sealy

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — (Updated at 5:20 p.m., Nov. 22) A former Grissom High School teacher accused of bringing a gun to an immigration rights rally pleaded guilty Nov. 14.

Shane Ryan Sealy, 36, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm at or near a public demonstration, his attorney Joshua Graff told WHNT News 19.

Sealy received a 90-day jail sentence, but it was suspended pending a year of probation, according to our news partner AL.com. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

In June 2018, Sealy was accused of pulling a gun and yelling during a ‘Keep Families Together’ rally at Big Spring Park. Charges against Sealy were dropped in city court. Prosecutors then took the case to circuit court where Sealy initially appealed before pleading guilty.

Sealy fought to obtain police body camera video of the incident without having to pay fees to the city of Huntsville for them. A judge granted him a request to get the video without paying fees, but said Sealy would have to pay a tax if he was found guilty or took a plea deal.

Graff, said Friday, Nov. 15, there was nothing in Sealy’s plea agreement indicating any fees for the video would be imposed.

But, on Friday Nov. 22, the City of Huntsville filed a motion with the court, asking the judge to order him to pay for access to the body camera evidence.

The prosecutor’s motion argued, in part, “The cost for downloading an officer’s video from the server onto the desktop, and then
transferring the video from the desktop and onto a disk, has been determined by the Huntsville Police Department Records Division, and is based upon the required time, manpower, and supplies it takes to produce the final disk.

“The cost of transferring the arresting officer’s vehicle dash camera video and/or body camera video to a disk is currently $50.00 per video. The cost of transferring any additional officer’s body camera video and/or vehicle dash camera video to a disk is $75.00 per copy. The total amount due based on the requests for video in the above-cited case is $625.00.”

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