Marshall: AG’s office monitoring Galleria investigation, considers protests ‘dangerous’
In an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal” on Friday,” Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall discussed the ongoing investigation into the shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on Thanksgiving night and the events that have followed in its wake.
Marshall told “Capitol Journal” host Don Dailey his office didn’t have any direct involvement as of yet, but he was monitoring the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s effort and receiving updates.
“We don’t have any direct involvement, but it is something that is very much in the forefront of what we’re doing right now,” Marshall said. “I’ve had multiple conversations with ALEA, talked specifically with the ALEA investigator in the case, spoke yesterday with our department of forensic science to make sure they have prioritized that evidence to make sure everything is processed as quickly as possible.”
The Alabama AG also said he was interested in the protests that have followed the incident, given there are public safety concerns, especially as protesters closed down portions of Interstates 65 and 459 earlier this week.
“We’re also very interested in what we’re seeing for the citizens of Hoover,” Marshall added. “And when you see protests that are shutting down the Interstate – not only is that dangerous for public safety standpoint, it’s also dangerous for the protesters that are involved. I want to make sure that the citizens of Hoover feel safe as well while this investigation is ongoing.”
For now, Marshall said his office was on the sidelines as Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr was handling the effort. However, he said that could change if needed.
“It clearly could have some involvement,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons why I personally have been directly involved in what’s going on. I’ve been a prosecutor for 20 years. I’ve handled officer-involved shooting cases. I’m clearly aware of what are best practices and what we need to be able to do in those cases. And so, we’re ready, willing and able to assist in whatever capacity with the DA in Jefferson County. You know, Danny Carr has been a prosecutor for a long time, as well. I know that he is fully prepared to do what he is required to do once ALEA has finished the investigation. But we stand ready to be ready to be able to assist.”
Marshall added Carr was engaged with his state and federal law enforcement partners and that he had “great confidence” in the recently sworn-in Jefferson County district attorney.