Carbon Hill City Council Cancels Meeting When Media Arrives

People exit City Council meeting in Carbon Hill (WIAT)
People exit City Council meeting in Carbon Hill (WIAT)

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Carbon Hill, ALA  (WIAT) – Tensions run high at Carbon Hill City Hall Thursday night. It was the first city council meeting since Mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson was arrested on allegations of sexually abusing female inmates at the city jail.

The meeting was quickly adjourned after it was called to order. Many in the crowd emerged upset by the move.

There was no agenda put out and at one point the mayor pro tem tried to bar media cameras.

“They’re mad we didn’t have a pony and puppet show. This is being handled by the State of Alabama…. I cannot judge the man, can’t say whether he is innocent or guilty. It’s not up to me to do that,” said Mayor Pro Tem Terry Mason. He told CBS42 News things will calm down and the city will carry on with business.

The next step in this legal saga is a bond reduction hearing for Mayor Richardson. That will be held on Friday at the Walker County Courthouse. It’s not clear if he is released from jail whether Richardson will try to resume his position as mayor.

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