Rep. Holmes calls for MPD officer to be arrested, body cam footage to be released

Published: Feb. 28, 2016 at 11:47 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 29, 2016 at 10:47 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - In a press conference Sunday, Representative Alvin Holmes, along with other local and state leaders, called for the Montgomery District Attorney to file first degree murder charges against the Montgomery Police Officer who shot and killed Gregory Gunn Thursday.

Holmes says they are also calling on the help of federal leaders, with plans to request, in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, for federal officials to investigate the case.

"We want this matter to handle out [sic] of the U.S. Attorney's office up in [Washington] D.C., and we want them to send a special prosecutor down here to prosecute this man," Holmes said.

Leaders also spoke about a potential cover-up in the case.

According to Holmes, he reached out to the Director of Public Safety, Chris Murphy. He says Murphy told him the body camera the officer was wearing malfunctioned.

"They admit he had a body camera on him, but he said at the time of the shooting took place the body camera malfunctioned," Holmes said. "In my opinion, what they have done is erased the recording off the camera that is a criminal offense within itself."

"We live in west Montgomery," said Chris Miles. "We're worried because what happened to Greg could also happen to us."

Residents say they fear for their lives, and believe changes must be made to the police department.

"We are asking the chief of police here in the City of Montgomery to pull all white police officers completely out of the black community," Miles said. "We want police presence in the black community, but we want that to come by the way of the black officers."

"I'm not indicting the entire Montgomery Police Department, we have some fine Montgomery police officers on the Montgomery Police Department," Holmes said. "As a matter of fact, the majority of them are fine officers, but you have some of them on there, about 15 or 20 percent, that are rotten to the core. They will do anything when it comes to black people."

In a statement, Director Murphy:

In the wake of this tragic fatal shooting I contacted state Rep. Alvin Holmes to reiterate to him that MPD and MDPS were going to be transparent, that the State Bureau of Investigation was conducting the investigation, and that we would take whatever action is warranted based on the facts. Rep. Holmes specifically asked me about video of the incident. I told him I was in California, had not been to the scene and had viewed nothing. I told him that MPD secured the scene and had turned over all evidence, including any video, to SBI. I also advised that he could contact SBI Director Gene Wiggins regarding the investigation and evidence. We both discussed the need to await the results of the investigation.

We are committed to and have worked to assure a thorough, fair and complete finding of facts in this tragic shooting death. I have been in conversation with District Attorney Daryl Bailey and with the FBI special agent in charge in Mobile. As the mayor has said, we will follow the facts wherever they lead and take any action that is warranted. To be perfectly clear: MPD is cooperating fully with SBI's investigation, and we are looking to SBI for a full accounting of the facts.

We have made requests for any body cam or dash cam videos that involved the shooting, but those request were denied as officials tell us that state law prohibits the release of information pertaining to active investigations by law enforcement.

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