Family Seeks City Apology in 36-Year-Old Wrongful Death Case
Nearly 40 years after the wrongful shooting death of a black man in Montgomery by a police officer, his family is asking for an apology.
The shooting death of Bernard Whitehurst made headlines in the late 70's and it's making news again.
At next Tuesday's city council meeting, Whitehurst's family is asking the city for an apology and compensation.
They claimed at the time Whitehurst fired at police while fleeing a robbery at a curb market that used to be located on W. Jeff Davis Avenue.
It was later discovered he was not the right man, and police placed a gun beside his body after killing him.
The subsequent scandal and cover up led to the resignation of several high level positions including then Montgomery Mayor Jim Robinson.