Birmingham City Council to hold news conference Monday addressing weekend shootings

The Birmingham City Council will hold a news conference at 10 am to discuss the weekend shootings involving members of law enforcement. Below is a news release from city leaders:

In light of the recent fatal shooting involving Birmingham police officers, a press conference has been scheduled by city councilors to discuss further steps that are being taken to ensure this doesn't happen again. The press conference will take place Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. in front of the Foxx Trap club.

The club, which is one of the locations of the fatal shootings, was overwhelmingly voted by councilors to be shut down last week. Following the city council vote, club owners were granted a temporary restraining order from a Jefferson County Judge to remain open during a court appeal. City councilors say this is unacceptable as it puts the safety of our citizens at risk.

"Public safety is our number one priority, and we want citizens to understand that there are certain steps we have to take to ensure that their safety needs are met," Council President Johnathan Austin said. "As with the budget hearings, that are currently taking place, we want to educate our citizens on the numerous components of city government, and how they all work together to keep our city running smoothly."

President Austin, as well as other city councilors including Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Councilor Steve Hoyt will be present during the press conference.

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