FBI involved in Frazier vs. Police

By Margo Gray - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville man who alleges police abused their power faced charges in a courtroom Friday.

80-year-old William Frazier is charged with attempting to flee from police, driving without a license and failure to yield.

After reviewing facts in the case, The District Attorney's Office has vindicated officers saying they followed procedure.

But now, at the request of the NAACP, the FBI is involved.

This dash cam video has triggered a number of investigations.

The focus is to determine if officers used excessive force to arrest William Frazier.

Police say an officer spotted Frazier blocking lanes on Jordan Lane, then attempted to pull him over for miles as he weaved through traffic and avoided stop sticks in the road.

Friday, Frazier faced a judge, entering a plea of not guilty to charges of attempting to flee, driving without a license and failure to yield.

Frazier's wife, Vanessa defended her husband saying, "no matter what my husband did, we were willing and would be willing to take care of his charges but it wasn't warranted that he be hurt as bad as he was hurt for minor traffic violations."

Mrs. Frazier claims the Mayor showed her a different video from the incident on the night of February 1, 2010.

"I don't know if it was edited or he showed us just that portion but it is not the same video."

The District Attorney reviewed dashboard camera video from police and found the officers did nothing wrong.

The NAACP filed an official complaint with the FBI, requesting the bureau look into the case and they have been.

Huntsville NAACP Vice President, R.L. Shanklin said, "there are some good officers in the Huntsville Police Department. Overall the police department is a great police department but there are some bad officers in there and we just want it cleaned up. We just want another agency to have oversight."

The Mayor's Chief of Staff, Trent Willis, said Mrs. Frazier's claim of another video shown to her is not true.

As for William Frazier, he intends on continuing his lawsuit against the city for $8 million dollars.

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