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McGill senior: "I'm glad we didn't get pepper sprayed" while painting cannon after Murphy win

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McGill students painting the cannon, Friday, September 8. (Credit: Kendall Faust, WALA FOX10 News) McGill students painting the cannon, Friday, September 8. (Credit: Kendall Faust, WALA FOX10 News)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

It was a jovial scene Friday night at the loop after the "Midtown Showdown," the rivalry football game between Murphy and McGill-Toolen High Schools. 

After McGill's victory, students crowded the cannon to paint it orange. 

This comes one year after McGill students were pepper-sprayed by a Mobile Police officer while carrying out the same tradition after last year's game. 

The police chief apologized for his officer's behavior, and this year, police were peacefully blocking off traffic to give the crowd of students more room. 

"I like this way better than having to run here illegally," said McGill senior Christa Herrin. "I'm glad we didn't get pepper sprayed."

Friend Kristen Barnes agreed, "Yeah this is a lot better than last year, getting hurt and stuff."

FOX10 News requested to see the police body camera footage from last year multiple times, but Mobile Police refused to release it,  sparking a controversy over police body camera video in the city. 

Several months after the incident, the city requested an attorney general's opinion about whether or not that video should be made public, but the attorney general still has not issued a decision. 

FOX10 News will let you know when a decision is reached.

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