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Alabama Appleseed responds to the arrest of a MPD officer

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The recent arrest of a Montgomery Police officer, charged with stealing money from four Hispanic men, is a major concern for Hispanics in our area.

Tonight, an organization that promotes the interests of Hispanics and other minorities is reacting to the news. 

A group of lawyers at the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice are voicing their concern, especially since the alleged crime targeted minorities.

They say many Hispanics already have a fear of police for various reasons.

One of the lawyers we spoke to today said that the news of the arrest came as a surprise and work is underway to keep anything similar from happening in the future.

"We do praise the Montgomery Police Department for acting so swiftly. We know that is not easy. We hope this is not a systemic issue. We will be alert to any other situations. We know there are a lot of cities in Alabama that do not treat Latinos very  well," stated Appleseed lawyer Shea Farley.

Officials at the center are putting out the word to Hispanics that if a similar incident has happened to them, in any city, they want to know about it. 

We want to make it clear that no one has alleged that this is a systemic problem at the Montgomery Police Department.

Stay with WSFA 12 News for the latest on this case.

The Appleseed Center is located in Downtown Montgomery. Their number is (334) 263-0086.

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