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Council member wants “continued, open dialogue” with cops after stop

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Huntsville District 1 Councilman Devyn Keith (HNW file)

(From release) On Monday afternoon Huntsville police responded to reports of a burglary in the Terry Heights Neighborhood. Officers were given a description of a suspect and followed normal procedures to canvas the area to locate the suspect and investigate details of the incident.

Witnesses to the reported burglary described the suspect, and as is procedure, officers searched throughout the area for individuals fitting the witnesses’ descriptions.

District 1 Council Member Devyn Keith, who resides in the Terry Heights neighborhood, was one of the individuals who matched the description and was approached by officers seeking to learn more about the incident. Keith was questioned briefly before being released.

“We work hard in Huntsville to ensure all citizens feel safe and are treated fairly,” said City Administrator John Hamilton. “We’ve been in close conversation with Councilman Keith, Chief of Police Mark McMurray and the officers who responded to the call to ensure the incident followed protocol, which it did. A positive relationship between citizen and law enforcement is absolutely essential to a strong community. We’re proud of the work of the Huntsville Police Department and the leadership of Councilman Keith in this area.”

Mr. Keith is working closely with the administration and HPD to continue robust conversations regarding community policing and how the City can continue to improve the good work being done by our law enforcement.

“I look forward to continued, open, intentional dialogue on our community policing procedures and how we can work to keep our community safe,” Council Member Keith said. “District One will see these conversations carried out publicly and in a way that leads to real solutions for our community.”

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