PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News went looking for answers about recent shootings in Prichard and some questionable behavior about two men who were not officers caught sleeping in a police car.
Some Prichard residents have expressed concerns about safety in the city and its leadership.
"The city is up in arms, and we don't have an acting police chief," one resident said.
When FOX10 went to the Prichard Police Department Tuesday, July 16, the Interim Chief Dorothy Ferrell wouldn't go on camera.
"I want to give you some facts. Please. Would you just give me the time to do that, I would greatly appreciate that," said Ferrell.
After giving her some time, FOX10 went back to the department that same day. That's when the mayor and police chief dodged FOX10 and went into the mayor's office.
"I do not feel Prichard had a history of hiding anything. We wouldn't do that to our citizens number one they have a right to know what's going on in the city we truly understand that," Ferrell said.
Interim Police Chief Dorothy Ferrell said Thursday, July 18, several employees were laid off and the public information officer was one of them.
"We had gone through a transition. We had several people laid off we were very busy here Monday. We had a very active weekend with a lot of shootings so maybe your calls were unanswered."
However, FOX10 was previously told the public information officer who worked for the city would not be handling information for the Prichard Police Department and to direct our calls to the chief.
When FOX10 asked Ferrell about the change, she said she was not aware of it.
Ferrell said she has new protocol in place and that includes communication.
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