Gambling debate Inside Alabama's Legislature

Black Belt lawmakers didn't hold back in expressing their opinion about the gambling raid in Whitehall.  State Representative James Thomas could barely get his words out at times.  He said he's mainly upset with the Governor and how his task force conducted the raid. Representative Thomas said everbody should follow the law, but for officers to go in with guns drawn on innocent employees, was just too much. "He has every right as Governor of this state to bring this issue to some resolve. I respect that....but I resent to hell anybody treating my people the way that he treated my people last week. I will not stand for it. I don't like it and I don't care who knows it."says Representative Thomas.

Jeff Emerson, the Governor's spokesman said it was a law enforcement action and said quote "I assume the officers did what they needed to do to protect themselves and the people inside."