Petition asks Adamsville Police to apologize to man wrongfully accused of “casing” homes

Petition for apology

ADAMSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Gregory Nevels is still trying to clear his name after an Adamsville Police and city facebook page put out a beware post alerting the community last week that Nevels was going door to door and possible casing homes

"I'm not casing anyone's joint or home or looking to rob anything," Nevels told us last week.

Nevels is a legitimate contractor working with L.W.A., a distribution company that sells Kirby Vacuums. Nevels isn't holding grudges but says the post could impact future business that's why Stephanie Hicks is hoping this petition asking the city of Adamsville to take down the post and apologize will make a difference.

"All those things should be self-explanatory. We shouldn't have to debate over it because as long as it stays out, it harms this young man," Hicks said.

Hicks first noticed the post and sent it to the Justice Collaborative, a group devoted to reforming the justice system and building healthier and safer communities. Hicks is also a former offender now serving with the Offender Alumni Association.

She works to change how people are portrayed in the public. Hicks doesn't want this situation following Nevels the rest of his life.

"Him being a door-to-door salesman, him being a young black man and people already perceiving he's a threat. He could have been shot. He could have been killed by somebody just thinking that he was a threat. People may minimalize what this petition means, but it means a great deal," Hicks said.

You can find more information on the petition here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5p0NgiYZs0CvhFLZqp7OIIn5Jj4rq7grRc9MBgbIFLgJ-Kw/viewform

Hicks says the post could follow Nevels for the rest of this life if something isn't done about it.

"This young man does not need to be marginalized for something that was put out there incorrectly," Hicks said.

We're still waiting to hear back from the city.  Last week the police department said in another Facebook post it explained it position to Nevels and added the department stands by its actions and only provided information that was given to them by the community.

The post says "We regret that general concerns and reports from citizens on this matter caused this incident to take a different turn."

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