Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin was one of several officials who met and viewed body-worn video from an incident after a football game last Thursday.
Minor High School band director Johnny Mims was arrested after the Jackson-Olin High School game when he refused to make his band stop playing.
The bands were battling after the game, and police told them they had to leave because the lights at the stadium had to be turned off. Mims did not immediately stop his band from playing, and he got into a scuffle with officers.
Mims was tased and arrested. He is charged with disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest.
Birmingham Police met with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and the superintendents of Birmingham City Schools and Jefferson County Schools.
“I appreciate the Birmingham Police Department and Chief Scott Thurmond meeting with us Monday evening and allowing us to review the body cam footage,” Gonsoulin said. “My initial reaction is sadness. It’s extremely upsetting to me that our students, our children, had to witness that scene. Nothing is more important than their well-being.”
Gonsoulin said counselors are available for those who need to talk about the incident.
“I am not prepared to discuss specifics on the content of the video,” he continued. “Our district leadership is still reviewing and analyzing the video and related circumstances and will reserve further comment pending completion of that review. I appreciate everyone’s patience.”
The Birmingham Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the arrest.
Police said during interactions with the band director, officers decided to place him in custody.
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