“It simply boils down to a political calculation to placate activists, to prevent another Ferguson,” defense attorney Mickey McDermott said Thursday. “That’s just the world we’re living in now.”
An independent autopsy commissioned by the Gunn family revealed the man was shot five times, forensic pathologist Dr James Lauridson said. The state’s official autopsy has not been released, pending the ongoing investigation.
The quick move to charge a white officer with murder in the shooting of a black man stood in contrast to past episodes of police violence dating back decades in Montgomery.
A cover-up after a deadly police shooting of a black man in 1975 led to the resignation of the mayor, police chief and multiple officers. The city has erected two monuments in memory of the victim, Bernard Whitehurst.