Birmingham Mayor William Bell's office told FOX6 News Monday afternoon that they won't be able to provide Birmingham police or fire officers to work security at a city council-sponsored Music Festival and Concert Saturday night at Railroad Park because every available officer will be working the 72nd Magic City Classic.
The Railroad Park concert, organized by Councilor Lashunda Scales on behalf of the council, is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Birmingham City Council. The concert will follow a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the Alabama Theater on Thursday night. There will be an official city swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning outside City Hall.
The council concert featuring several classic R&B artists will be going on at the same time as a postgame concert featuring Morris Day & The Time at the Classic at Legion Field.
Bell's office Monday said hosting the Classic "literally requires all hands on deck," and that the city didn't receive a request for police or fire help until last week.
FOX6 is awaiting comment from Councilor Scales.
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