The Tuscaloosa Police Department will host a memorial motorcycle ride to honor the late Investigator Dornell Cousette on August 21.

Investigator Cousette was killed in line of duty in September 2019 while serving an outstanding warrant to Luther Bernard Watkins, Jr. in West Tuscaloosa.

The trial for Watkins, who is currently being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail for Cousette's murder, will likely begin in early 2023.


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According to a post from TPD's Facebook account, the 52-mile ride will begin at T-Town Harley-Davidson and riders will take I-20/59 to Greene County, onto Highway 11.

Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. and kickstands for the motorcycles will go up at 11 a.m.

The event will cost riders $25 and passengers can participate for $10. The proceeds will fund a fallen officer memorial stone that will be located at the Tuscaloosa Police Department headquarters.

Anyone needing additional details regarding the event are asked to call 205-292-4873.

Another memorial event unaffiliated with TPD's ride is scheduled in early August to honor Tuscaloosa native Kennis Croom and Bibb County Sheriff's deputy Brad Johnson, who were both killed in the line of duty in separate shootings last month -- stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more details on that later this week.

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