Montgomery City Council Apologizes for 1975 Shooting; Family Not Satisfied
Nearly four decades later, a family receives an apology from the city after their loved one was mistakenly shot by a police officer.
In 1975, Bernard Whitehurst was mistakenly shot and killed by a Montgomery police officer, who thought he was a robbery suspect. Now, the city is expressing its dismay and sorrow, but family members say it's not enough.
After nearly forty years of silence, Montgomery city leaders apologized for the wrongful death of Bernard Whitehurst leaving family members in disbelief.
While the cover-up caused several city leaders to resign, no apologies were ever given until tonight.
While Whitehurst's sons say that's a step in the right direction, they aren't completely satisfied.
Mayor Strange says in the coming week, they will host a formal event for the family, and give them the framed apology.
He also says the city is still deciding where to put the historical marker, but says it may be close to the scene or Memorial Park.