Peaceful march planned in Eufaula, Ala., after police shooting

benw@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 18, 2013 

Nearly a week after Columbus resident Cameron Massey was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop at the 431 South Wrecker Service in Eufaula, Ala., a city official said a peaceful march is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The 1 p.m. event is a march against violence, Mayor Jack B. Tibbs said in a statement released Friday.

Edward DuBose, a national board member for the NAACP and former president of Georgia State Conference, said interest is building in the police shooting. DuBose said he plans to be in the city about 45 miles south of Columbus on Tuesday.

“It’s going to get big,” Dubose said. “I can tell you right now that our Alabama State Conference is going to be all over this.”

Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman said Massey, 26, was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Medical Center Barbour after the shooting occurred around 4:40 p.m. An autopsy was completed on Wednesday, but preliminary results won’t be available until early next week, he said.

Tibbs was not available for comment, but said in a statement that Eufaula police officers were involved in the shooting. The officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. When the probe is completed, the ABI will present its findings to the Barbour County District Attorney’s Office. The district attorney’s office is expected release information to the public.

“First and foremost, our prayers are with all of those individuals and their families impacted by this tragic event,” Tibbs said. “As we all wait for the ABI to complete its investigation and the Barbour County District Attorney to provide updates and a report, I ask for all citizens to be patient, sensitive and considerate of others.”

While people are anxious to learn the facts and details of what happened, they have to be patient and let the ABI investigators do their jobs and conduct their investigation.

“The ABI is a first rate agency with highly skilled, experienced and qualified law enforcement professionals,” the mayor said. “We are confident the ABI will conduct a thorough, complete investigation.”

During the investigation, the mayor cautioned the public against spreading misinformation and rumors. “That is not productive or beneficial to anyone involved,” he stated.

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