Calhoun County Leaders Roundtable Press Conference
The Calhoun County Leaders Roundtable met the Oxford Police Department today for a press conference. The assembly of local civil rights activists addressed the death of a man in Oxford police custody that took place several months ago. In June, Melvin Mathews of Talladega was arrested by the Oxford Police Department. And according to official documents, Mathews died inside the jail. Today’s event was held to speak to the concerns by the black community about the death. Calhoun County Leaders Roundtable President, Dr. Freddy Rimpsey, says the actions of the roundtable are for the people. He says people deserve to know the truth. Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge, spoke about open door communication with their Black community. Partridge endorsed the willingness of the police department to share information with everyone. Rimpsey said that it was important that they were provided the opportunity to review the tapes of the incident in evidence and speak with the officials involved. He said what they discovered will help to promote understanding and peace. He says he doesn’t want the region to erupt in anger. According to Calhoun County coroner Pat Brown, the autopsy results showed that Mathews died from combined drug intoxication. He had nearly twice the legal limit of alcoholic in his blood.