Complaints filed against police

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2008


The city&8217;s attorney is reviewing complaints made against Selma police officers during the recent Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Jimmy Nunn, who represents the city, said his offices received notice of the complaints and is working on them.

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At Monday night&8217;s meeting of the Selma City Council, the Rev. Franklin Fortier Jr. discussed some of the incidents that occurred between individuals attending the event commemorating the events leading to the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march nearly 43 years ago.

Several people said they were manhandled by police, others said they were wrongly detained. Fortier said his daughter by marriage was ejected from the venue, although she had an arm band that identified her as belonging in the area roped off on Water Avenue.

Fortier and his mother-in-law, attorney Faya Rose Tour/, and others had asked to speak to police chief William Riley III about the issues. However, Riley said the earliest time he had on his calendar is March 28.

Riley was sworn in earlier this month as the city&8217;s police chief. He has yet to finish the transition to the office, which includes a two-week training required by the state.

Late last week, some people who said they were abused by members of the police department held a prayer vigil at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and marched to the police department, where they requested a meeting with Riley.

Each of the people filed an affidavit and gave them to council President George Evans, who turned the documents over to the city&8217;s attorney.