Huntsville locals grow skeptical as video is not released

People in Huntsville are growing skeptical as body footage of the incident involving officer William Darby is not being released.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018 9:06 PM
Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 9:09 PM

Huntsville police have confirmed there is body camera footage of the incident that officer William Darby was involved in on April 3rd. According to state law, the video is considered a privileged communication, and the police have the right to keep the footage from being released from the public. Public tax dollars paid and funded the department so they could purchase these body cameras.

People in Huntsville are growing skeptical with the footage not being released.

"They should release it, let the public know exactly what happened...No cover ups for anything," Donnie Medley said, who is very familiar with the Huntsville area.

William Darby was indicted Friday for killing 49-year old Jeffrey Parker, who was suicidal and had a gun. The police department has the body camera footage but will not release it yet. Jacob Bentley wants to see what happened with his own eyes.

"Somebody else should see it, not just internally," Bentley said. "It'd be good to have the footage just to see that we know the Huntsville city police have our back and they're not trying to hide anything."

The Huntsville Police Department says they will take the next two weeks to look at the footage and determine whether the actions of Darby were indeed within policy.

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