Christina Nance's lawyer says Huntsville police should be held accountable in Christina' Nrance case

Christina Nance's lawyer says Huntsville police should be held accountable in Christina' Nrance case ...

Christina Nance's body was found in an unused police van on Oct. 7 outside of the city'' public safety complex, according to a group pushing for criminal justice reform.

The Citizens Coalition for Justice Reform, in a statement, said negligent behavior in leaving the van unlocked resulted in Nance s death. After police and other law enforcement agencies in Huntsville released tear gas and fired rubber projectiles on peaceful protesters at two protests the week of June 1, 2020, the CCJR began pushing for reform.

On Friday, police released footage from a security camera that investigators claim shows Nance entering the police van on Sept. 25, 12 days before her body was discovered. Nances remains were found in a van, parked at 815 Wheeler Ave., on Oct. 7. An officer who went to swoop to check on he discovered his body in the van. Nance was not in police custody at the time of her death. According to him, it is department policy that all vehicles be locked.

Nance's body was not found to have any signs of foul play or trauma, according to Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill last week. The official cause of death is currently under study by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, which will include toxicology analyses. Nance apparently entered the van, which had previously been used to transport inmates, and was unable to open the doors from the inside.

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a program designed for first responders who respond to crisis calls involving people with psychiatric conditions, has been in partnership with Nance's family for more than year, according to police chief Mark McMurray.

The CCJR urged the Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Council to be more proactive in initiating reviews of controversial cases in a one-page statement. It also called for the release of any other footage related to Nance.

One of the responsibilities of police is to pay attention to detail so that the safety and rights are protected, the organization stated. Christina Nances death is another tragic example of ineffective performance and neglectful behavior. To achieve trust with the public, we should be able to see the officer body camera footage in Nances case. The body cameras are a taxpayer-funded tool; and taxpayers should be aware of the situation from all angles for unbiased judgement, he added.

The group also seeks an independent investigation by a non-Madison County group.

According to the statement, Justice requires unbiased evaluations of tragic and negligent events, as well as any consequences that officers faced for their actions.

Ben Crump, a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer, is now representing Nance's family.

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