CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Westside residents are forming what they call a "cops watch," a group dedicated not only to looking out for crime but also to watching out for verbal and physical abuse by police.

"Police have no kind of respect for us whatsoever," said College Hill Courts resident Joyce Hardwick. "They treat us like animals. When people see them, they run."

Westside Community Association members began organizing the watch this summer after Hardwick collected more than 100 signatures on a petition asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate alleged police abuse in College Hill Courts.

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