Huntsville police chief to present protest review during city council meeting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After a nonviolent Huntsville protest against police brutality ended with tear gas and rubber bullets, Mayor Tommy Battle called for an after-action review of the events and how law enforcement responded.

The review will be presented by Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray during a special-called city council meeting on June 18 at 5 p.m.

Council will not be taking public comments, but residents may email comments to HsvCityCouncil@HuntsvilleAL.gov.

Previously, residents were told they would have the opportunity to speak following the presentation. Council President Devyn Keith did not respond to a request for comment, Wednesday. However, District 5 Councilman Will Culver, did.

“Do understand that we have to maintain decency and order. While we want the public to be heard, It needs to be in an organized way,” said Culver.

Last city council meeting, the public comment section took a few hours to get through. The turnout was significantly higher than your average city council meeting.

Members of the Citizen’s Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform don’t mind forgoing their chance to ask questions. They see this as an opportunity to hear the other side as they had their chance to speak last week.

“I think it’s being handled as best it can. I recognize there’s a time when each side needs to be given..so that everybody involved knows exactly where everybody’s at,” said David Capo, a member of the Citizen’s Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform.

The coalition hopes to hear HPD Chief Mark McMurray admit his department could have handled the protests better. However, they don’t expect that. The coalition says the report will give them an idea for how much work is ahead of them.

“We are definitely here to work with the local city government, with the mayor and the chief of police,” said Capo.

WHNT will have the latest on-air and online as Chief McMurray gives his after action report.

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