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Decatur acting chief asks community to support police: 'You cannot stay silent'

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Decatur police vehicles are seen in pursuit of a car that was traveling on Grand Avenue, then turning north onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Decatur. Sparks flew from the wheels of the car where the tires had worn down. READ THE STORY HERE.

Shane Brandel, acting chief of the Decatur Police Department, issued a statement on social media urging residents to show support for police, a day after a 39-year-old man was charged with shooting at an officer

"What is happening in today’s times, where criminal behavior is tolerated and police officers are demonized is disgusting," Brandel wrote. "We need our community, our 'silent majority,' to make their voices heard."

Marcus Boykin was arrested Friday night after a police pursuit that ended in the 1300 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The incident began around 10:45 p.m., when Boykin fired a handgun out a vehicle window at a Decatur police officer's marked squad car, Brandel previously said. 

Shane Brandel - file photo

Deputy Chief Shane Brandel talks about training for police in December 2019. 

During the police chase that followed, Brandel said, Boykin pointed a gun at officers, and an officer fired his or her weapon at Boykin. That officer has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted, per department policy.

Neither Boykin nor any police officers were injured, Brandel said. 

Boykin was taken into custody after the pursuit, and was in Macon County Jail on Saturday with bond sent at $500,000. 

Law enforcement responded following a chase Friday night in Decatur. It ended on North Martin Luther King Junior Drive between East Grand Avenue and East Waggoner Street.

Brandel, in the statement posted on social media, asked residents to contact lawmakers to show support for the police department. He did not make references to any specific legislation. 

Brandel's full statement is below:

Last night, one of our officers was ambushed and shot at. Thankfully, the officer was not injured during the incident. The Police Officers of the Decatur Police Department go out every day to protect and serve the people of Decatur, and risk their lives doing it. That is our duty, and it is our honor to perform that duty. We are dedicated men and women who pride ourselves on professionalism and fairness.

What is happening in today’s times, where criminal behavior is tolerated and police officers are demonized is disgusting. We need our community, our “silent majority”, to make their voices heard. You cannot stay silent any longer. Let your legislators know how you feel. This city belongs to the good people of Decatur. It does not belong to the criminals. The Decatur Police Department will never surrender our city to criminals!

I am very proud of the men and women of the Decatur Police Department. They give their all each and every day and it is my honor to serve our community along side of them.

Stay Strong!

Shane Brandel

Acting Chief of Police


Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @AllisonAPetty

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