Chattanooga Police Culture Change

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Updated: 10/28/2013 4:08 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE (WDEF)- A forum held by a small group in Chattanooga to make sure that what happened to Adam Tatum won't happen again. Concerned Citizens for Justice wanted to raise awareness about this city-wide problem.

"It's really not in any way that we are trying to give a certain image of the police," said Make Gillian a CCJ organizer. "But we're trying to bring these things to light because they matter."

This matter to many citizens of Chattanooga, including this small group here. Concerned that they are left alone against the police.

Ash-Lee Henderson: "People we expecting someone in the community to step up and have a forum about police brutality again," said another organizer for CCJ Ash-Lee Henderson. "The city hasn't done that."

So they want to push for change in the communities, but what change are they looking for? Henderson feels she has two solutions.

"I think one is training for officers."

Then she also added, "There needs to be some independent body outside of internal affairs that have investigative powers when excessive force occurs or any police misconduct happens."

They don't want to make all police in Chattanooga out to be bad guys, but they want to shine a light on a problem.

"What we do say is that there is a culture of violence in the Chattanooga Police Department that allows people, officers, to abuse and mistreat people and get away with it," said Gillian.

The overall message from this group is that a culture change in the Chattanooga Police Department is needed.
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