Huntsville police officer William Darby has been charged for the murder of Jeffrey Parker after he responded to a suicide call in April. Officer Darby shot and killed Parker after a brief verbal exchange in which Darby and other officers told him several times to put his gun down.
WAAY 31 requested the body camera video but we were denied access. According to Alabama law, the police have the right to keep the video from being released to the public.
Following the shooting death of Jeffrey Parker all of the officers present at the incident were placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy. The incident review board will review the body camera footage to determine whether or not the officers followed training and policy standards.
WAAY 31's Brittany Collins spoke with criminal defense attorney Russell Crumbley. He said that prosecutors and internal affairs have reviewed the body camera videos. Crumbly claims that the district attorney probably had concerns about Officer Darby's shooting of Parker being justified. Ultimately, it is the grand jury's job to determine if there was transparency.
Crumbley has not seen the footage himself, so he is not sure if Officer Darby's reaction to shoot Parker was proper police protocol.
Officer Darby is currently out on a $20,000 bond.