NAACP and Oneonta Police team up to change view of the department

By WKTV News

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Recent events in the City of Oneonta have left some people with a bad view of the police department, but a collaboration was put in place to help change that.

The Police Department and the NAACP have teamed up to make sure anyone with a complaint against the department is given a full and fair investigation.

Earlier this year, Bradford Shanks accused a member of the department of using excessive force when he was pulled over. That investigation led to the resignation of Police Chief Joseph Redmond and put the entire department under a microscope.

On Tuesday, new Police Chief Gary O'Neill says he is looking forward to starting fresh.

"Part of my mission was to reach out to the community to make better strides to show that the Oneonta Police Department isn't all bad," Chief O'Neill said.

"I think some of the things that happened in the past have brought about people to somewhat mistrust the police department, because of the ways things are handled," said Lee Fisher of the Oneonta Chapter NAACP. "I think what we want to do is to stop that."

"We've had many complaints before that were not addressed properly, that were not addressed before by the police," said NAACP member Wayne Boyd. "So hopefully this is going to be a new day on Oneonta and the surrounding community."

Anyone with a complaint against the department can take their concerns to the NAACP, who will act as a mediator.

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