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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Residents who live in the city's largest public housing site say some Chattanooga Housing Authority and city police officers are physically and verbally abusive, and the residents are calling for the federal government to conduct an investigation.

"They treat us like we're dogs," said 45-year-old Joyce Hardwick.

The mother of five knocked door to door at College Hill Courts to get more than 100 signatures from residents and their guests on a petition. The document states that police officers employed by the city and part-time by CHA have used racial epithets and derogatory terms, physically manhandled them and threatened to have them evicted.

The Rev. Leroy Griffith, president of the Westside Community Association, said he mailed the petition to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last Saturday.

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