Posts tagged with "Don Denard"

Decatur Commissioners defend police chief

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 7, 2014

Decatur City Commissioners defended the city’s police chief after voting to approve “A Community Action Plan for a Compassionate Decatur.” That plan includes a $25,000 contract for facilitating a conversation about compassion and diversity. Members and supporters of the Decatur Community Coalition spoke during the Oct. 6 City Commission meeting, but not everyone was on […]

In the budget – $25k to address racial profiling

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 2, 2014

The city of Decatur is putting money in the budget to address concerns about racial profiling by police officers. City Manager Peggy Merriss said the city is crafting several formal responses to recommendations the Decatur Community Coalition made at the City Commission’s April 21 meeting. The current budget proposal includes $25,000 in “placeholder” money for […]

Request respect – Racial profiling group makes recommendations

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 22, 2014

UPDATE: Decatur Police Chief Mike Booker has released a statement about the department’s participation in this ongoing conversation. His full statement is reprinted at the end of this article.  For the last few weeks black men living in the city of Decatur have been opening up about their experiences with the city’s police department. On […]

Sunday Morning Meditation – A discussion worth having

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 6, 2014

I sat in a room at Oakhurst Presbyterian last Sunday, and listened while black men talked about their interactions with Decatur Police. The discussion was about Decatur, but it could’ve been about any place in America.  But I don’t know of many places in the South where 70 people – a mix of black and […]

Stories – Residents describe racial profiling

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 31, 2014

The stories were filled with disbelief, sarcasm, anger and – sometimes – dry humor. Black men stood in front of a room of about 70 people at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church on March 30 and described how it felt after they were stopped by Decatur Police. The men all said they were stopped because either police officers or […]

Ongoing talks – How to address racial profiling?

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 29, 2014

The organizers of a meeting to discuss alleged racial profiling by Decatur Police officers hope it will be the start of a longer conversation. Ted Baumann, one of the organizers, said that the group intends for the discussions to be part of “an ongoing process.” Baumann and other organizers haven’t invited representatives of the Decatur […]

Racial profiling – Discussion planned

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 26, 2014

A group of Decatur residents is inviting the public to a meeting this Sunday to share their stories of being racially profiled by police officers. The meeting will be held Sunday, March 30, at 4:30 pm at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, 118 2nd Ave. The meeting is hosted by Sarah Miller Nathaniel, and the meeting already has […]

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