Policing the Police

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – Should it be mandatory for all law enforcement to automatically allow an independent agency to investigate allegations of excessive abuse?

That’s the question WDEF asked on Facebook. The overwhelming response was "yes."

Questions about whether police can police themselves has been an ongoing debate this year following several national and even local stories about police misconduct.

WDEF asked Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher to give his opinion to the question that was posed on Facebook.

"The discussion is very healthy. I encourage support of the discussion. I’ve had it myself many times in the past week. But I do believe that we are capable of working with the community to provide a multi-level review here as in most communities," Fletcher said.

Chattanooga police, like so many other agencies, relies on internal affairs to investigate an alleged wrong doing by one of their own. CPD even has civilians appointed to hear certain cases.

Chattanooga city councilman Moses Freeman says CPD is in a unique position of slowly regaining public trust after the previous administration was plagued by allegations of police brutality.

"We have a new police chief. We have a new police administration. I think they’re working very hard and very fast to make sure that there is trust in a positive relationship between the community and the police department," Freeman said.

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