SCLC To Host Town Hall Meeting Discussing City Problems
(Memphis) A highly anticipated town hall meeting between Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and hundreds of people hoping to rid the city of crime, will happen Tuesday night.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has tried to get a town hall meeting off the ground since Officer Martoyia Lang was shot and killed on duty.
Murders and the mug shots of arrested Memphis police seem to frequently top news headlines.
“You have issues where people sue the city, but the officers remain on the force where can do the same thing to someone else. They need accountability,” said SCLC President Dwight Montgomery.
Montgomery tells News Channel 3, the organization gets several calls about police misconduct and crime that’s out of hand.
“Citizens have the right to talk about what’s going. If the SCLC noticed these problems, but didn’t say anything, we would not be carrying out the vision of Dr. King,” said Montgomery.
The SCLC sent letters to both Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong with recommendations to lower crime and deal with officers misbehaving.
Recommendations like, “having a police review board that would be stronger so there would be stronger disciplinary actions,” said Montgomery.
The group also suggested sky cop monitors to watch over neighborhoods.
“There were recommendations as to how to make it safer for officers serving warrants without placing their lives in danger,” said Montgomery.
Monday, those recommendations and even some from a crowd of Memphians are expected to be addressed by Mayor Wharton and Director Armstrong at Mount Moriah Baptist Church East on Haynes.
“I don’t want to pre-input what should be at the meeting, we’ll be there and we’ll be responding,” said Wharton.
The SCLC hopes meetings like this one will continue to happen at churches all across the city.