Community reacts to Chief White's dismissal - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Community reacts to Chief White's dismissal

Posted: Updated:
  • More on WTVM.comMore>>

  • Baton Rouge Police Chief fired

    Baton Rouge Police Chief fired

    Wednesday, February 6 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-02-07 04:48:07 GMT
    Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White was fired Wednesday, after less than two years on the job, WAFB's Kiran Chawla reports.More >>
    Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White was fired Wednesday, after less than two years on the job, WAFB's Kiran Chawla reports.More >>
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Renowned TV personality to speak at CSU

    Renowned TV personality to speak at CSU

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:39:08 GMT
    A well-known TV personality in Georgia will be speaking to students at Columbus State University Tuesday, Sept. 16. Award-winning journalist Monica Kaufman Pearson will be kicking the university's speakerMore >>
    A well-known TV personality in Georgia will be speaking to students at Columbus State University Tuesday, Sept. 16. Award-winning journalist Monica Kaufman Pearson will be kicking the university's speaker series.More >>
  • Female soldiers invited to apply for ranger school

    Female soldiers invited to apply for ranger school

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:24:07 GMT
    The army is opening its doors to female soldiers looking to attend ranger school.More >>
    The army is opening its doors to female soldiers looking to attend ranger school.More >>
  • Muscogee County School Board approves redevelopment referendum

    Muscogee County School Board approves redevelopment referendum

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:21:09 GMT
    It was unanimous for the Muscogee County school board Monday night, agreeing to team up with the city of Columbus in giving a boost to under-developed areas. This comes just seven weeks before the publicMore >>
    It was unanimous for the Muscogee County school board Monday night, agreeing to team up with the city of Columbus in giving a boost to under-developed areas. This comes just seven weeks before the public will vote on the Redevelopment of Powers Law.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Phone lines lit up on afternoon radio talk shows Wednesday, as the news of Dewayne White's dismissal as Baton Rouge Police Chief spread through the area.

"Two years in on something as large as controlling crime is tough to measure."

"He came across as a people person and that's what the people need. I think this was a political move and it's one that shouldn't taken place."

But it did and that leaves many people in areas hardest hit by crime looking for answers.  Herbert Moore is an elder at New Hope Family Worship in the 70805 zip code. He says programs like the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project or BRAVE, implemented on White's watch, are making a big difference. Moore adds he now wonders about the communication between community members and the police.

"What about the rest of them that want to open up and want to tell what's going on and do things and actually make the neighborhood safe. What's next for those people?" said Moore.

Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker has her own concerns. Like Moore, she believes White was on the right track and worries that crime reduction initiatives like BRAVE may not be a top priority for the next person in charge.

"In my district I've noticed a difference in the way the community has responded to the police department. They've been actively involved in community meetings and people were excited in direction we were headed so the biggest concern is does all that stop, what happens when you have a new person on board," said Wicker.

"Are the police going to keep doing the same thing they're doing? Are they going to keep up with same proceeds? are they going to keep our kids safe, our elderly safe?" added Moore.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Man indicted for attempted murder of Lanett police officer

    Man indicted for attempted murder of Lanett police officer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:22:25 GMT
    A Chambers County grand jury has indicted Jarod Moreland for Attempted Capital Murder of a Lanett police officer.  Per Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates, in August of 2013, Moreland allegedly took policeMore >>
    A Chambers County grand jury has indicted Jarod Moreland for Attempted Capital Murder of a Lanett police officer.  Per Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates, in August of 2013, Moreland allegedly took policeMore >>
  • Father accused of killing 5 children extradited back to S. Carolina

    Father accused of killing 5 children extradited back to S. Carolina

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:56:58 GMT
    The father accused of killing and dumping the bodies of his five children along a rural dirt road in Wilcox County, Alabama was successfully extradited back to the state of South CarolinaMore >>
    The father accused of killing and dumping the bodies of his five children along a rural dirt road in Wilcox County, Alabama was successfully extradited back to the state of South Carolina Thursday to face charges, according to local reports.More >>
  • breaking

    Missing juvenile boy located

    Missing juvenile boy located

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:05:39 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department has located a missing juvenile and returned him to his residence. Terrell D. Baldwin, also known as "Tank," was last seen at 513 35th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10 2014.More >>
    The Columbus Police Department has located a missing juvenile and returned him to his residence. Terrell D. Baldwin, also known as "Tank," was last seen at 513 35th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10 2014.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.