Family Seeks Apology From the City of Montgomery

By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The family of a Montgomery man shot to death more than 36 years ago by a police officer is seeking an apology from the city for the death of Bernard Whitehurst. Whitehurst's widow and children appeared before the Montgomery City Council on Monday night and asked for a formal apology. Police said at the time of the shooting they thought Whitehurst was fleeing from a robbery. Police were after the wrong man and planted a gun beside his body. The case led to the resignation of several top city officials including Mayor Jim Robinson. Council members did not immediately say they would apologize. The family is also asking for compensation.Mayor Todd Strange said he had "great sympathy" for the family but wasn't sure he could justify paying compensation.

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