Two men representing the African-American community are at odds with each other and recently spoke on the controversial death of an Alton woman at a recent city council meeting. 20-year-old Stephanie Hicks of Alton, whose death was determined to be a suicide by the St. Louis County medical examiner, died while riding in the front seat of a police squad car in July of 2012.
Hicks was walking to a hospital in St. Louis when an officer encountered her on the Clark Bridge and got permission to give her a courtesy ride. At some point Hicks grabbed the officer's gun and was shot in the head. James Gray, of the Alton branch of the NAACP says trying this case in the court of public opinion would be a disservice to the community.
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Reverend Stanton Holliday, who is starting a rival civil rights organization, says justice has not been served.
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Alton Police declined an opportunity to offer comment for this story.
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