GOODWATER, Ala. (AP) - The president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP says he is concerned about the shooting of a black man in a small town courtroom by a white police officer and hopes authorities conduct a thorough investigation.
Alabama NAACP President Bernard Simelton called the shooting Thursday of 25-year-old Bryant Keith Ford of Goodwater "senseless."
Meanwhile, the chairman of the legislative black caucus's civil rights division, state Rep. Alvin Holmes, said he will ask the U.S. Justice Department to investigate.
Authorities say Ford was shot by a Goodwater police officer after he waved a crutch in the air and attempted to take a gun from District Court Judge Carlton Teel. Some spectators say they did not see a gun.
Ford was listed in good condition at University Hospital in Birmingham Friday.