BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - No protests at Hoover City Hall Monday night, but instead of chants, one resident took the mic to explain why she doesn’t feel safe anymore.
Julie Conrady has lived in Hoover since July. She said she felt very uncomfortable while shopping at the Galleria this past Saturday because there were officers there with no name badges.
At the end of the city council meeting, Conrady spoke in front of the city council telling them how she recently moved from Oklahoma City.
She said a police officer there was intentionally masking his identity, and using his authority to manipulate and rape women.
She said, with the recent protests, officers from other jurisdictions are in Hoover helping, and she wants all officers to identify themselves outwardly.
“I was really uncomfortable. I don’t feel safe as a citizen walking around Hoover because I don’t know if the officer I encounter is going to be identifiable," she said. "As a citizen of Hoover, I pay their salaries and I deserve to know their names. They can ask me for my identification, I should be able to ask theirs.”
Councilman Casey Middlebrooks said during the protests, for officers' safety, they’ve taken their name badges off, but will respond with a badge number if asked.
And then that officer can be identified through the badge number.