BREAKING NEWS The coroner is on the way to the scene. Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Moderna to apply for Emergency Use Authorization for vaccine Full Story

Mother asks for change in UAH police department after incident with her son

For the first time, we are hearing from the mother of a high school student, after her son was allegedly taunted by University of Alabama in Huntsville campus police.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 9:00 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 10:53 PM

For the first time, we are hearing from the mother of a high school student, after her son was allegedly taunted by University of Alabama in Huntsville campus police.

This comes two weeks after police pulled over the Black teenager on campus for a broken tail light. His mother says they told him to get out of the car and then asked him inappropriate questions.

"I'm tired. And I think my weariness is consistent with the weariness of the Black community and of Black moms everywhere," said mother, Chanda Crutcher.

Crutcher says her 17-year-old son, Caleb, usually drives through UAH to get home from his part-time job.

"He was pulled over by a UAH police officer," said Crutcher.

She says an officer then started asking her son disturbing questions.

"'Do you have any weed in the car?' When Caleb responded 'no sir,' he began to badger him about that. It escalated to being, 'do you have crack in the car?' And finally, what was so gut-wrenching, is when he said, 'do you have a dead prostitute in the car?'" said Crutcher.

On Oct. 14, UAH president Darren Dawson sent this statement, saying "The words and actions by UAH police during a traffic stop on October 3, 2020, do not represent who we are as an institution."

While Crutcher says she is glad the university acknowledged how the situation was handled was wrong, she wants to see more done.

"Annual symposiums on diversity and get nationally-known subject matter experts that can come in and teach us how to be better together," said Crutcher.

She says she wants campus police to be held accountable.

"Our young men are being emotionally traumatized again and again as they are put in these situations that I believe are completely avoidable," said Crutcher.

On Monday, the university sent a statement saying it is reviewing UAHPD policies and forming a committee of campus partners to review them as well.

It's something Crutcher says she will believe when she sees it happen.

"Make us feel safe in our community. I'm weary. I'm carefully optimistic that change will come, but I'm so sad that it's not here yet," said Crutcher.

Caleb Crutcher is not a student at UAH, but his mother says he usually drives through campus as a short cut to get home.

The university says it will increase awareness of the ways to report any concerns on campus.

WAAY 31 did reach out to UAH and a spokesperson said the university is not doing interviews on this topic right now.

Huntsville
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 28°
Florence
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 31°
Fayetteville
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 24°
Decatur
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 29°
Scottsboro
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 34°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 247229

Reported Deaths: 3577
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson32718500
Mobile19904362
Madison13425148
Tuscaloosa13167154
Montgomery12380236
Shelby1046577
Baldwin882098
Lee778566
Morgan675150
Calhoun6366121
Etowah635166
Marshall630955
Houston532338
DeKalb489736
Cullman447442
Limestone430245
St. Clair425755
Lauderdale413354
Elmore409464
Walker3689111
Talladega353554
Jackson327123
Colbert314642
Blount294640
Autauga275142
Franklin254233
Coffee246515
Dale234454
Dallas226532
Chilton225038
Russell22313
Covington220334
Escambia198631
Chambers177250
Tallapoosa177091
Pike159214
Clarke158919
Marion141336
Winston134423
Lawrence129636
Pickens124218
Geneva12378
Marengo122524
Bibb118817
Barbour117511
Butler117342
Randolph103821
Cherokee102924
Hale97731
Fayette92216
Clay92024
Washington91619
Henry8676
Lowndes79929
Monroe79011
Cleburne77414
Macon74522
Crenshaw71230
Bullock70019
Perry6896
Conecuh68514
Lamar6838
Wilcox63918
Sumter58422
Greene42718
Choctaw42613
Coosa3464
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 366518

Reported Deaths: 4554
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby47963660
Davidson42880420
Knox18930149
Rutherford17930161
Hamilton16861152
Williamson1149080
Sumner9817137
Out of TN776154
Wilson752678
Montgomery668083
Sullivan648597
Washington6073106
Putnam597582
Maury591867
Blount553161
Madison5368110
Bradley525234
Sevier493731
Unassigned484222
Robertson381253
Tipton371139
Hamblen350161
Gibson324265
Dyer322051
Greene311672
Anderson298729
Dickson293834
Coffee284841
Bedford278830
Carter274955
Lawrence270134
Obion268651
Cumberland261136
McMinn255055
Warren241020
Roane237029
Jefferson229533
Loudon229319
Fayette226938
Hardeman225337
Monroe217844
Weakley217837
Franklin211934
Lauderdale205823
Hawkins196834
Wayne192810
Trousdale190812
Henderson185434
Macon184628
Hardin179025
White176718
Marshall176520
Carroll176434
Rhea171431
Haywood163330
Cocke162330
Lincoln161416
Cheatham159817
Campbell155223
Overton155035
Henry154319
Giles147549
Smith145319
Johnson142421
McNairy141133
Fentress122120
Hickman119319
Lake11786
Bledsoe11745
DeKalb117322
Crockett115626
Marion110119
Scott10857
Chester102821
Grainger101518
Decatur95712
Unicoi86226
Claiborne8499
Benton81614
Grundy77914
Cannon7693
Lewis76514
Morgan7396
Union7225
Humphreys7198
Jackson68410
Polk67315
Stewart60115
Houston58820
Clay55418
Sequatchie5325
Meigs49513
Perry48421
Moore3943
Pickett38913
Van Buren3692
Hancock1723

Community Events