HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The Birmingham Chapter of the National Action Network and Outcast Voters League, are holding a protest Monday at noon in front of Homewood City Hall. In a press release sent to our station, OVL President, Frank Matthews, is calling for the immediate resignation of the officer that detained the woman.
ORIGINAL: Community members are still fuming after a woman was handcuffed inside a Homewood Walmart during a theft investigation.
Community members are not pleased with how things were handled.
“If you tell her that she’s being detained but she doesn’t even know what she is being detained for, how can she comply with your orders?” Carlos Chaverse asked. “Especially if you have the wrong suspect. And she doesn’t even fit the description, just because she is a black woman and have on a black jacket, you think it’s enough for the officer to arrest her and detain her? Absolutely not.”
According to reports, police were looking for an older black female suspect who was wearing a black jacket with a skirt or dress and boots. The woman, who was incorrectly detained, wore a black jacket with burgundy pants.
Homewood Police said they are continuing to investigate this matter internally.