Civic group again calls for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle's resignation

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

The Rosa Parks Day Committee of Huntsville-Madison County reinstated their call Wednesday afternoon for both the mayor and police chief to resign.

Posted: May 19, 2021 7:52 PM
Updated: May 20, 2021 9:50 AM

The Rosa Parks Day Committee of Huntsville-Madison County reinstated its call Wednesday afternoon for both Huntville's mayor and the police chief to resign.

The committee released a statement saying how disturbed they are that Mayor Tommy Battle would show support for Officer William Darby once again.

That's because last week he provided the committee with an updated statement, one where he does not show support for Darby, who was convicted of murder earlier this month.

According to the information in their statement Battle contradicted what he said to the committee a day later by telling a reporter he stands by his original statement and his revised statement.

In the original statement, Battle said Darby followed protocol.

The committee believes Battle's support of Darby reflects poorly on the city of Huntsville.

Now because of Battle's recent comments, the committee will no longer be meeting with him on Thursday.

Battle did address the Rosa Day Parks Committee's most recent statement Wednesday afternoon with his own statement.

In the statement, he said he is disappointed that they have chosen to end productive dialogue and that, "Progress is difficult without dialogue."

He also mentioned that when he met with committee members last week they had a good conversation.

The committee also continues to call for Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray to resign as well, but McMurray has not even released a statement addressing the committee and their concerns.

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