NAACP March In Alexander City

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By Sarah Cantey

 Civil rights advocates march the streets of Alexander City. Protesting a grand jury's decision to not charge an officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old. 

 
The Alabama NAACP organized the march.   
 
Dozens attended protesting the grand jury finding that the officer who shot and killed Emerson Crayton Jr. was not at fault. The shooting happened after an argument at the Huddle House in Alexander City in March. Police say Crayton tried to run over the officer. The NAACP says Crayton was innocent.
 
Eric Hutchins, the Crayton's family attorney said, "We would like to take the tragedy and make something good happen from it. That's why we are getting here today advocating and pushing for some sort of legislation to be passed in Alabama requiring that law enforcement get mandatory training for the use of deadly force and mandatory yearly training for cultural sensitive training."
 
Organizers want to establish a citizen review community where police and community could work together. They say this isn't the end and just the beginning.