PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Outrage continues to grow in another story FOX10 News has been following for the past two weeks.
On the morning of July 27, while responding to a reported theft in progress, Escambia County Deputies opened fire on Roy Middleton in his own front yard.
Saturday, August 10, civil rights leaders gathered for a town hall meeting to call on Sheriff David Morgan to make amends.
There was spirited discussion inside the Greater True Vine Baptist Church while activists and citizens took aim case by case at what they called a history of excessive force within the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
"The notion is that the NAACP wants to find out what the relationship between the police and the community is and from the testimonies we've heard, it's not a good relationship,” said civil rights activist Julian Bond.
The meeting came in response to Roy Middleton’s encounter with Deputy Jeremiah Meeks and Sergeant Matthew White last month.
That encounter sent an unarmed Middleton to the hospital with gunshot wounds. People are not only angry about the shooting, but also with Sheriff David Morgan’s feelings about the incident, as he told FOX10 News last week.
When asked: “Do you believe an innocent man was shot,” Sheriff Morgan replied: “Innocence is a hard term to define in this. Mr. Middleton was engaged in activity that made us believe we had an individual, regardless of color, involved in theft and we react to those in a specific way.”
"This seems to be one of the most egregious things I've ever heard of. Somebody has got to pay for this,” said Bond.
Cheryl Myles is Roy Middleton’s little sister. She said the family is still in shock.
"We just want justice. It's a hard thing to go through. But with God, we're making it,” said Myles.
She said two things must be done.
"Respect people in their home. And do the things the authority needs to do the correct way and stop assuming. Find out before they start shooting,” said Myles.
"It is amazing that the public servants, paid for by the tax payer's dollar, wouldn't be here to say 'well, we didn't do that' or 'we did do it, we're sorry. We won't do it again. We're taking steps to make sure that this doesn't happen again. It's amazing that they're not here. And you're wondering where are they? And why aren't they here? I'd say that the very fact you didn't show up says to me: you know you did something wrong,” said Bond.
Middleton is recovering from the gunshot wounds after a metal rod was placed in one of his legs.
The trial for Giuseppe Pino LoPorto continues today in Baldwin County. LoPorto, now 80-years-old, faces several sex abuse charges against a child dating back to the early 90s.
FOX10 News has learned William "Eddie" Patrick, captain of Mobile's First police precinct, has been demoted following an internal investigation.
Pastor of Lifeway Community Church Mike McPherson says thieves stole presents that would have been given to needy children.
A man who bought a bicycle three weeks ago finds out it was originally stolen, according to the original owner who reported it missing in October.
If you were in the Foley area Thursday, you may have seen a helicopter, police and K-9 units. That’s because a store in Foley was robbed this morning at gunpoint. Eventually, the search was called off. The suspect is still on the loose.
Skies are mostly clear and the breezy north wind is very noticeable this evening. Daytime highs were only in the mid 50’s today. We are expecting a light freeze tonight along and north of I-10. Lows will be near 32 degrees in Mobile. Upper 20’s are possible well inland.