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Press Release: 16 arrested at Greenetrack

Press Release 

EUTAW, AL  – Col. J. Christopher Murphy, Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, on Thursday morning issued the following statement about arrests carried out at Greenetrack:

"Thursday morning 16 people who had been blocking the entrance into the Greenetrack casino in violation of the Supreme Court's order and who had been asking law enforcement officers to arrest them were arrested by State law enforcement officers.  They were cooperative and arrested without further incident.

"The law enforcement officers are carrying out the orders of the Alabama Supreme Court, which ordered the State on Wednesday ‘to re-enter the facility and re-secure the site' at Greenetrack.  The Supreme Court also ordered Greenetrack and all other parties to allow the State to do that.  In its order, the Supreme Court stated unequivocally that compliance with the Court's order is not optional.

"Despite our request for these individuals to stand aside – as the Supreme Court ordered them to – they refused for 12 hours and they were led in this effort to violate the Supreme Court's order by Greenetrack CEO Luther Winn.

"These individuals, including Mr. Winn, repeatedly asked law enforcement officers to arrest them.  In all my years in law enforcement, this is the first time I've had individuals specifically ask to be arrested so they can get out of a place.  I thought I had seen it all, but when it comes to illegal gambling, there's no limit to what some will do."

 

Source: The Governor's Press Office at 334-242-7150.

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