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ALEA completes investigation into Steve Perkins’s killing

The findings from ALEA’s investigation have been turned over to the Morgan County district attorney.

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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday announced it concluded its investigation into the police killing of Stephen Perkins. 

The findings from ALEA’s investigation have been turned over to the Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson. Anderson released a statement about receiving the case file and will be reviewing the report ahead of the grand jury proceedings.

“I can confirm that I did meet today with the lead investigator for ALEA in the Perkins case and did receive his case report during that meeting. I have already started my review of the file in anticipation of presenting the case to the grand jury. By law, I cannot divulge when the grand jury will meet to consider this case. In the meantime, several assistant district attorneys, my investigator and I will be reviewing and analyzing the facts and evidence contained in this report, as well as all applicable laws.”

Perkins was killed by Decatur Police officers on Sept. 29 after attempting to stop his vehicle from being repossessed. Security camera footage from that night depicts Perkins coming out of his home and officers are seen hiding on the sides of his house and across the street. Once Perkins is outside one officer yells a command at him and with a few seconds opens fire on Perkins who would eventually die at the hospital.

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling recently fired three officers involved in the shooting and suspended a fourth. All of the officers are appealing Bowling’s decision. The officers were were recently identified in a lawsuit, with those officers being Bailey Marquette, Vance Summers, Christopher Mukkadam and Joey Williams.

The lawsuit was filed by Perkins’ family alleging that his civil rights were violated by the City of Decatur and the police officers. 

Decatur now awaits what the grand jury may decide when the case begins.

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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