OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A Montgomery group met in Ozark Wednesday for a peaceful protest demanding fair justice in a case where a white police officer murdered an unarmed black man.
In 2016, former Montgomery police officer A.C. smith was facing murder charges in the shooting death of 58-year-old Greg Gunn on the west side of Montgomery.
At the beginning of this year, Smith was found guilty of manslaughter — a lesser charge which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
Two months later, retired Dale County judge P.B. Mclauchlin handed down the 14-year prison sentence. However, Smith was granted an appeal bond and spent 42 days in prison.
Montgomery citizens expressed their frustration at the protest.
“But Aaron Cody Smith, however, was allowed to get out on bail and then after getting sentenced he was allowed to get out on bail pending a hearing so these are the type of injustices taking place and definitely the scale is not balanced, so until we fix the justice system officers will continue to go out and kill African Americans,” Larry Thomas said.
These Montgomery citizens say they hope the Alabama Judicial Department will look into the judge’s decision. Meantime, they say they will continue fighting this case until the end.