In Alabama, a band director from a high school was tased by police on Thursday for refusing to halt his band’s performance following a football game.
In a statement released by the Birmingham Police Department, it was stated that their officers were present at the P.D. Jackson-Olin High School game, assisting in clearing the stadium after the event. As per their duty, they were lending a helping hand to ensure the safety and security of the attendees. The department’s presence at the game is a testament to its commitment to serving and protecting the community.
As the match between Jackson-Olin High School and Minor High School came to a close, the bands from both teams took center stage to perform. Soon after, officers approached the bands and requested them to conclude their performances so that the students and fans could exit the premises.
According to the authorities, the band director at Jackson-Olin complied with the instructions given to him. However, the same cannot be said for the other band director who allegedly instructed his band to keep performing despite the situation.
Asking Johnny Mims to stop, a police sergeant from Birmingham was present with the officers. The request was made during the incident.
According to the department, Minor’s band director was taken into custody after an altercation broke out between him, Birmingham City Schools System Security personnel, and BPD officers during their attempt to arrest him for Disorderly Conduct. The officers had initially interacted with the band director before deciding to take him into custody.
According to reports, the director resisted when officers attempted to place his hands behind his back, and even allegedly pushed one of the officers.
According to the statement, the band director was subdued by the arresting officer using a Taser to put an end to the physical confrontation.
After the incident, the band’s director required medical treatment and was transported to a hospital for evaluation. Following his assessment, he was taken to Birmingham City Jail for booking procedures.
The BPD has accused the director of disorderly conduct, harassment, and resisting arrest. It has been reported that the director was released on bond after being taken into custody.
The Messenger reached out to Jefferson County Schools for a comment, but as of yet, no response has been received.
According to a statement shared with ABC News, Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin acknowledged that the board was informed about the incident.
Gonsoulin stated that he is currently collecting all the necessary information and believes that it would be improper to provide any further comments until the entire process is complete. He also urges everyone to avoid making any premature conclusions.
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