Chattanooga NAACP president applauds local law enforcement
At a Jubilee Celebration Tuesday, the local president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) applauded local law enforcement leaders on their work since a video surfaced of a Hamilton County Sheriff's detective kicking and punching a man in handcuffs.
Several local leaders were at the celebration including the mayor, police chief, sheriff and school superintendent.
Hamilton County-Chattanooga NAACP president Dr. Elenora Woods thanked Sheriff Jim Hammond for how he's handled a police brutality claim against one of his detectives.
In December, detective Blake Kilpatrick attacked Charles Toney while he was in handcuffs. It was caught on cell phone video.
Kilpatrick was suspended days before Christmas.
Dr. Woods said the district attorney sent the case to the Department of Justice, and they expect to hear back in the next month.
She said this is an example of the organizations working together.
"That's how you do it in the NAACP! You have to work with them,” Woods urged. “You can't be over on the other side throwing stones. You've got to work with them. Acknowledge the errors of their ways, but we've got to work with them!"
A few weeks ago Woods asked law enforcement agencies to work on diversity and adding more minorities to the force. She applauded Chattanooga police and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for being proactive in doing this now.
"In the last few weeks, he and I have been working on some plans to do a much better job at recruiting young African Americans, the young Hispanics, the females," Sheriff Jim Hammond explained.
Police Chief David Roddy also said anyone who recommends a minority to the police academy, and they start, will get $500.