An Alabama high school band director was subpoenaed and arrested after failing to stop his band from performing after a high school football game, police say.
The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) said the incident occurred during a football game between Jackson-Olin High School and Minor High School on the former’s field Thursday evening.
According to The Birmingham News, the arrested director was Jonny Mims, who took on the role in 2018.
A BPD statement shared Friday, Sept. 15, said officers were evacuating the stadium at the end of the game when they noticed bands from both schools were still playing.
The officers then spoke with the two directors to end the show so the students and other participants could leave.
BPD said the Jackson-Olin band director stopped, while the one at Minor High School reportedly did not.
A BPD spokesperson said in the release: “Minor’s band director did not comply with requests from multiple officers to stop his band from performing, (instead) he asked his band to continue playing.
“A BPD sergeant was among the officers who attempted to get the band director to stop his band from performing. During the officers’ interaction with the juvenile’s band director, the decision was made to stop his band from performing. place in detention.
“BPD officers attempted to arrest the band director for disorderly conduct when a physical altercation ensued between the band director, Birmingham City School System security personnel, and BPD officers. “
The statement continues: “During the physical altercation, BPD officers attempted to convince the band director to place his hands behind his back, but he refused. The arresting officer alleges the band director pushed him during the arrest. The arresting officer then subdued the group. director with a Taser, which ended the physical confrontation.”
After the arrest, Birmingham Fire and Rescue treated the band director at the stadium and police then took him to a nearby hospital as part of standard protocol.
When the band director was released from hospital, he was taken to Birmingham City Prison where he was incarcerated and later released.
Officers presented information about the case to the Birmingham City Magistrate’s Office and obtained arrest warrants for disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest.
News week contacted BPD for comment via email.
The use of a Taser can have harmful effects on the health of some people and, in certain circumstances, can be fatal.
According to a 2019 study Reuters report, 1,081 people have died nationwide as a result of the use of Tasers, almost all of which have occurred since the equipment became widely used in the early 2000s.
“In many of these cases, the Taser, which fires a pair of barbed darts that deliver a stunning electrical charge, was combined with other forces, such as hand strikes or restraints,” the report states.