Crowd escorted out of Huntsville City Council meeting, man arrested

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:16 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - There was an outcry from community members in Huntsville Thursday night.

Each shouting a name of a loved one killed in a police incident. The group ended up getting escorted out by police with one arrest.

Garrick Rawls
Garrick Rawls(HPD)

Huntsville police arrested Garrick Rawls on a disorderly conduct charge.

We talked to one of the mothers who was a part of this demonstration whose son was shot and killed after a police standoff. She says it’s simple; they want to see all of the body camera footage from the nights their loved ones were killed.

you never bring back Crystal Ragland, or Dana Fletcher or Alberto Rivas or Brad Pugh but their loved ones are fighting to make sure this doesn’t keep happening to other people.

After public comments were heard, the chanting began and ended with an arrest.

Adina Payton, whose son died after a standoff by a Huntsville police officer, says these mothers want transparency and are fighting to see the full body camera footage from the night their loved ones died.

“You had a room of powerful emotions going at one time. I hate that it went the way that it did, but I was coming to a head because we have done everything that we know how to do,” she explained.

About an hour after that, the city council passed a resolution on bodycam footage.

Councilman John Meredith says it’s not a home run, but it’s the first step.

“Essentially the bottom line on that is it ensures that no one’s due process is compromised and it enables the folks with a legitimate need to view this footage to have that,” Meredith said.

City administrator John Hamilton says showing body camera footage is nothing new.

“Two the families that were represented here tonight have in fact already availed themselves of this policy and have in fact reviewed bodycam footage of their cases,” Hamilton said.

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