Family Demands Change After Shooting, Minority Business Council Summit

Jul 20, 2016

Mobile Police Chief James Barber

Supporters of the family of a 19-year-old man shot and killed by a Mobile police officer last month are calling for criminal charges against the officer and governmental changes.

Al.com reports in her first public comments since her son Michael Moore's shooting, Shunta Daugherty questioned the whereabouts of the weapon police say her son brandished before he was fatally shot during a traffic stop by Officer Harold Hurst on June 13. The handgun police say Moore reached for during the shooting was not recovered from the scene. Instead, officers say it stayed in Moore’s waistband as he was transferred to a local hospital, where investigators then reportedly recovered the weapon.

Ordinary People’s Society Executive Director Kenneth Glasgow says negligent homicide or manslaughter charges should be filed against Officer Hurst.

Supporters also want Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson to remove himself from the process of appointing members to a police citizens’ advisory council. Stimpson and Police Chief James Barber say they would support the mayor selecting seven members to the council, with council members selecting another seven.

The subject of diversity in business is the focus of a meeting in Tuscaloosa tomorrow.

The Minority Business Council of West Alabama will hold its second annual Small Business Diversity Summit at the University Church of Christ. The gathering will include training sessions on financial institution applications, peer-to peer lending, doing business with large companies and more.

Michelle Cooley is the chairwoman of the Minority Business Council of West Alabama.

“Well, the Minority Business Council was developed in order to give minority business owners—small business owners—access to the chamber, and all of the benefits the chamber can provide in terms of connecting them with city government, connecting them to resources and education and training.”

Cooley says the speakers at the event will include Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington. Sylvester Hester will also address the group. He’s the president of auto parts supplier ARD Logistics - Alabama.

A group representing communities served by the Tennessee Valley Authority is meeting this week in Decatur.

The Association of Tennessee Valley Governments will hear updates on TVA-related issues as well as local tourism. Executive Director Mike Arms says the group’s meetings generally focus on factors occurring throughout the seven-state region served by the TVA.

“We try to have a varied program that talks about a lot of TVA-related issues. But when we do that, our programs usually focus on energy, environment and economic development. Of course, all those revolve around things TVA provides in the service area.”

Arms says this summer’s meeting will feature a presentation about Decatur before and after TVA’s 80 years of service. There will also be a presentation from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center concerning a manned mission to Mars.