James Perkins at press conference

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. at a press conference at the Carl C. Morgan convention center with Police Chief Kenta Fulford.

As crime climbs in Selma, city leaders are taking its first steps toward creating a citizens’ board for public safety.

Crime and social justice have been chronic issues in Selma, but a skirmish between police and residents on Feb. 2 that went viral on social media has been a catalyst to fuel city leaders to push for change.

Selma also recorded its first murder of 2021 last week – the basketball coach at Dallas County High School, who was shot and killed in an apparent attempted robbery at the Lannie’s BBQ restaurant on Medical Parkway.

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