July 10, 2008
HURTSBORO, Ala. (WXTX) - People who live in Hurtsboro want answers from city officials about their acting police chief. On July 4th, he was arrested, charged with kidnapping and abusing his ex-girlfried. Those residents now want to know who's charged with keeping them safe.
"I'm interested in who is going to be the Chief of Police or whatever. I like to know that- keep us safe out here," said one resident.
Hurtboror business owner Buddy Whidden said, "With all the charges he got, I feel like he shouldn't be affiliated with the law anymore- period."
On the 4th of july, their current police chief, Marvin Christian, allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from a local club, threatening to kill her and himself after she broke things off with him.
We went to town's city council meeting Tuesday night and asked the mayor about his future on the squad.
"At this time, the Council has not discussed the issue and when the time comes, we'll let you know," said Hurtsboro Mayor Sandra Tarver-Yoba.
She said the chief was not working and directed any other questions to the town's lawyer Armando Pitters.
When our calls to him were finally answered after repeated attempts, we asked him to elaborate on what the mayor meant by "not working" he said, "Do you speak English? She said he's not working. What more of an explanation do you need? I don't owe you an explanation."
We went to Christian's house to confront him Wednesday and Thursday, but his roommates told us he wasn't there.
In the meantime, those who live and work in Hurtsboro say they are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to protecting themselves.
"If I have to protect our establishment, my wife, my child then so be it, that's what I have to do."
Some Hurtsboro residents have petitioned the removal of Hurtsboro's charter that would put them under Russell County's jurisdiction. That hearing is scheduled for July 21st.