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Local lawyer says Crayton shooting didn’t start as fight

Published 6:03pm Friday, April 11, 2014

A local lawyer as well as the NAACP are saying initial reports involving an officer involved shooting incident at the Huddle House were inaccurate.
The incident occurred Saturday, March 8 around 12:20 a.m. and left Emerson Crayton Jr. dead after he was shot by an Alexander City police officer.
ACPD initially reported that police responded to the restaurant after reports of two males fighting. The department said that when officers arrived, Crayton attempted to run an officer over with his vehicle, at which point the officer fired at the approaching vehicle.
Local lawyer Eric Hutchins said that after talking with eyewitnesses, he believes the initial reports need to be retracted.
“There was an incorrect or ambiguous statement made by the ACPD soon after this incident occurred stating that two males were fighting at the Huddle House,” Hutchins said. “Based on our investigation so far – an extensive investigation interviewing eyewitnesses – there is nothing to suggest that two males were in a fight. By fighting, I mean a physical confrontation. At the very least it is untrue and possibly misleading.”
Hutchins said he approached the police department and asked that they amend the statement within 30 days.
Officials with the Alexander City Police Department, however, said they are still awaiting word from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, which were called in to investigate the incident. Until reports come back, the department said it will not comment further on the matter.
Hutchins isn’t the only one who has suggested the statement needs to be amended, as he is joined by Rev. Hugh Morris, first vice president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP.
“The police department officially put that mistake out there, and they should be the ones who make the retraction,” Morris said. “They should make it as soon as possible and not let that misinformation continue to fester.”

  • Char Aznable

    Sounds like these biased parties are working hard to destroy the life of this police officer and his family. Everything that I have heard about the guy so far has been good. I know that there are bad cops, but just by reputation, this does not seem to be the case. I’m sure these initial reports are all coming from the same biased source we saw in the paper and on tv. When did NAACP start playing detective anyway?

  • QueenV

    NAACP started playing detective around the same time
    “biased party’s” started trying to get away with murder!

  • howard1127

    I know some people are not going to agree with what I have to say, but I think it needs to be said. Good people do make mistakes. Have you ever made a mistake? Some mistakes take lives, and it is very sad and devestating to families. I realize not every cop is just, but they are trained to react to things differently than some people agree with. If the young man was trying to run the officer over he is trained to fire his weapon. If the man would have hit him or her it would be assault on an officer, assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted minded, if they lived. So he would have been in jail for a long time. So what if the man wasn’t in a fist
    FFight. The police were called still nothing has changed. Nothing anyone does will bring this man back to life. O and for the lawyer investigation into this, make sure your not being biase and your witnesses really know what they are talking about. If you really want to take it to court and have
    Statements wiwithdrew your going to need proof these people were really there and have no relation to the victim. OK now the fun part. Why is the NAACP even in this. News flash not everyone sees color. ” black” people kill “white” people every day, yet they don’t have people declaring hate crimes and racial stuff all the time. To me things and organizations like these are the true reason people think there needs to be racial boundaries. It childish and highly unnecessary. There are so many interracial marriages and children in this world an community is this really going to be based on that. We all are interracial somewhere in our bloodlines. I’m sorry I don’t want to rant, but it makes me so upset that people still think things need to be based on the color of someone’s skin and it doesn’t. People need to grow up and truly look at the reality of things. Sorry if I stepped on toes, but this is my outlook on things. Thank you for reading

  • howard1127

    Sorry for my grammer mistakes!

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