Madison Police Chief: Officer testimony sets city up for "huge liability"

Madison Police Chief: Officer testimony sets city up for "huge liability"

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey will be in court again Friday in connection to charges that he violated a federal court order.

During his contempt hearing, Muncey said some of the testimony from Madison police officers during Eric Parker's trial sets the city and police department up for a huge liability.

The officers testified they did not receive enough training and saw nothing wrong with Eric Parker's actions in his altercation with Sureshbhai Patel.
 
In court, one officer acknowledged that he received nearly $20,000 in training, including SWAT 1 and 2. But that's all we could find out when it comes to Madison police training procedures and costs.
 
Huntsville police responded to the request for training information immediately. Huntsville police officers get a minimum of 720 hours of basic training in the academy before being sworn in. They then spend 14 weeks with a Field Training Officer before they begin working on their own.

The state of Alabama requires 12 hours of refresher training and re-certification every year, but Huntsville goes far above that. On average, officers receive at least 40-50 hours of additional training each year.

Bill Davis with the Fraternal Order of Police says the Huntsville Police Department sets the example when it comes to officer training.
 
"It's very expensive to train an officer but the experience they get at the Huntsville police academy is well worth it and it's probably one of the most accredited departments in the state," said Davis, a former Huntsville police officer.

During the Eric Parker trial, Madison police officers testified they did not receive enough training and would act in a similar manner to Parker if placed in the same situation.

While testifying Tuesday, Chief Muncey said this is "troubling." His attorney pressed officers, asking if they really believed they did not get enough training from the police department.

The city of Madison said a formal request for any information on officer training must be submitted before any it is released.

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