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Locals meet to discuss police brutality

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Organizers with the group 'Concerned Citizens that are against police brutality' held an open forum Saturday for community members at the Family Resource Center.

They had guest speakers, displayed a slide show of recent statistics where officers may have used excessive force similar to the Chattanooga officers seen on tape beating Adam Tatum. 

They are hoping city leaders will let them work as a team, to help what they believe is a growing issue of police on citizen violence.

"Between 2003 and 2013 there have been numerous lawsuits filed against the Chattanooga Police Department claiming brutality," said 'Concerned Citizens member.

Concerned Citizens gathered Saturday to discuss what they feel is an alarming trend of excessive force used in the field by officers.

"Some think there are a few bad apples but reports show there is way more to this," said Ashlee Henderson, Event organizer.

One of the organizers Ashlee Henderson says the two officers caught on tape beating Adam Tatum  isn't the only documented incident on file. 

"People think those were two bad apples but that was just one, we have a long, long list of several others. This forum is to educate people of the facts that have been swept under the carpet," said Henderson.

Henderson and the Citizens Against Police Brutality say their sole focus and goal for Saturday's meeting is to make changes. 

She believes if the city takes feedback from one volunteer station within the 9 districts to review filed misconduct reports, that could be at least one step in the right direction.

"This forum should educate people and show them the raw facts and data. We just want change," said Henderson.

The Citizens Against Police Brutality say they did meet with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke several times. 

They feel he has made positive change and openly stated he was against the way the two officers handled Adam Tatum.

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