HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A peaceable protest was held Sunday in Huntsville towards the police-involved capturing loss of life of Crystal Ragland.
The rally ended on the Lowe Mill Arts and Leisure advanced, the place a fundraiser was held to create a memorial scholarship in Ragland’s honor. The march started outdoors “The Stadium Flats” the place the U.S. Military veteran lived, and the place Huntsville Police had been known as again in 2019.
Officers say they discovered Ragland with a gun and opened fireplace after she refused to observe police instructions to maintain the gun holstered.
Ragland’s sister, Brandie Robinson, who took half in Sunday’s protest, has filed a lawsuit towards the Metropolis of Huntsville and the officers concerned. Robinson mentioned the condo advanced supervisor known as 911 and advised the operator that Ragland suffered from PTSD, schizophrenia and different psychological impairments.
On the rally, protesters as we speak known as for reform round how law enforcement officials reply to psychological well being calls.
“We have to begin speaking about psychological sickness and never stigmatizing it so folks can admit when they’re sick and we will get them assist and legislation enforcement and the neighborhood as being sick and never dangerous,” mentioned protester Adina Peyton.
A police evaluate board and the Madison County District Lawyer’s workplace has cleared the officers concerned of any wrongdoing. The Metropolis of Huntsville not too long ago advised Information 19 that they’re unable to touch upon pending litigation.
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