Community asks for transparency, public officials to speak after Madison Planet Fitness shooting

The sheriff's office said there is no timeline on when this investigation will be completed.

Posted: Oct 31, 2019 6:16 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2019 6:46 PM

Frustration is growing in the City of Madison and across the county. People say they want to hear directly why police shot and killed Dana Fletcher.

Sounds of silence and short emails are the only things coming from the city hall and investigators.

On Thursday, Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner sent WAAY 31 a statement that said, "We are anxious to complete the investigation so that we can answer any and all questions and give the public a complete understanding of what happened and how everything transpired."

People in Madison County say that's not enough. The sheriff's office told WAAY 31 it doesn't want to cause any issues with the investigation by going on camera. Investigators are still interviewing witnesses about the shooting outside Planet Fitness.

People in Madison County say they they want to hear from anyone with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Madison Police Department or Mayor Paul Finley about the shooting that killed Fletcher.

"They should have been talking. I mean, even the first day, somebody should have said something," said Charlotte Grays, who lives in Madison County.

Terrance Haygood, who also lives in the area, says the perception from the public is not good right now.

"People is not talking and it's making the community, like, skeptic, and just somebody come forward and say something. Maybe, it will be a lot better than it is," he said.

On Thursday, the sheriff's office said investigators are combing through all video related to the shooting frame by frame to ensure no detail is missed, and said there is a lot to process and document.

"How did all of that happen?" Grays said.

With laws that allow police to keep body camera video private and a refusal to talk, some people are suspicious and point to a lack of transparency.

Fletcher’s family also isn’t talking, but a woman who claims to be his wife posted on Facebook there’s no reason police shot him.

"They did that in front of his child, and she's telling one story and they're telling another story," Grays said.

The Facebook comment posted hours after the shooting claims Fletcher was unarmed, but a video on Facebook shows that might not be the case. "He's got a gun. He's got a gun," can be heard in a Facebook video.

Haygood says if law enforcement won't speak publicly, he wishes the mayor of Madison, Paul Finely, would.

"He needs to be the main one. He needs to come front and just try to get some peace and justice, man, try to get some closure on this case," he said.

The sheriff's office said there is no timeline on when this investigation will be completed. The sheriff's office won't speak publicly until it's complete, and, in Alabama, there are no laws or regulations that force anyone to talk.

Huntsville
Overcast
86° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 91°
Florence
Overcast
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 90°
Fayetteville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 85°
Decatur
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 85°
Scottsboro
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 99°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 100801

Reported Deaths: 1814
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13366246
Mobile10581212
Montgomery6825151
Madison546934
Tuscaloosa426979
Unassigned392566
Baldwin367029
Shelby333437
Marshall319438
Lee270847
Morgan241819
Etowah218034
DeKalb183414
Calhoun181918
Elmore176039
Walker154465
Houston142813
Russell13892
St. Clair136320
Limestone135913
Dallas133624
Franklin129722
Cullman123012
Colbert121517
Lauderdale119020
Autauga116222
Escambia108817
Talladega105414
Jackson10264
Tallapoosa87579
Chambers84738
Dale84329
Clarke82610
Chilton8189
Blount8165
Butler77036
Coffee7656
Covington74021
Pike7137
Marion58226
Barbour5796
Lowndes57124
Marengo56616
Hale48526
Bullock48111
Winston45711
Perry4454
Bibb4445
Washington44412
Wilcox43410
Monroe4236
Pickens4089
Randolph40211
Conecuh39310
Sumter36618
Lawrence3542
Macon33914
Crenshaw3326
Choctaw28912
Cherokee2768
Clay2675
Geneva2652
Henry2643
Greene25211
Lamar2302
Fayette2235
Cleburne1291
Coosa1053
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 124915

Reported Deaths: 1271
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby23625314
Davidson20865219
Rutherford662955
Hamilton631555
Knox475040
Williamson360725
Sumner347373
Unassigned31173
Out of TN295216
Wilson233923
Bradley199115
Montgomery198614
Sevier19029
Putnam180018
Trousdale15836
Robertson157820
Hamblen142016
Blount132412
Washington12912
Maury12847
Tipton121710
Madison118920
Sullivan104815
Hardeman94218
Bedford93011
Macon86713
Lake7940
Loudon7543
Gibson7357
Bledsoe7162
Dickson7052
Fayette7048
Anderson6986
Dyer6688
Henderson6133
Cheatham6018
Obion5884
Jefferson5874
Lawrence5847
McMinn55920
Coffee5583
Rhea5442
Warren5404
Carter5326
Lauderdale5229
Haywood5107
Greene5049
Roane4882
Hawkins4859
Cocke4824
Weakley4824
Hardin4798
Cumberland4636
Smith4584
Monroe4519
McNairy3886
Giles38713
DeKalb3662
Franklin3384
Carroll3303
Lincoln3151
Marshall3054
Henry2990
White2945
Johnson2880
Claiborne2770
Crockett2745
Hickman2720
Campbell2541
Wayne2292
Marion2285
Chester2252
Decatur2153
Polk2133
Overton2091
Grainger2040
Unicoi1680
Union1620
Benton1581
Cannon1540
Jackson1301
Humphreys1293
Morgan1271
Scott1241
Grundy1182
Sequatchie1131
Meigs1080
Fentress960
Hancock812
Perry810
Stewart790
Clay790
Lewis741
Houston610
Moore600
Pickett391
Van Buren360

Community Events