OXFORD — A group of local civil rights activists stood outside the Oxford Police Department on Wednesday to clarify what they said was a misunderstanding within the black community about the death of a man in Oxford police custody in June.
Melvin Mathews, 32, of Talladega, died June 7 at the Oxford City Jail shortly after his arrest on a public intoxication charge. Calhoun County’s coroner has said Mathews died from drug-related causes. The officials gathered Wednesday said they wanted to quash rumors to the contrary.
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