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Waterloo brings in Community Policing Expert

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One community struggling with crime and police relations is bringing in an expert to help make a change.

Waterloo leaders welcoming the star of the new TV series "I Am Homicide" to the city.

But it isn't his new TV show that has the Police Chief and Mayor asking him for help.

Detective Garry McFadden has investigated more than 800 homicides in nearly 30 years in Charlotte, North Carolina and has a success rate of more than 90%.

Detective McFadden credits that high success rate to the relationships he has built in Charlotte.  And that is exactly what he is trying to help Chief Trelka, Mayor Hart, and others do right here in Waterloo.

 McFadden started his visit with a roundtable with community leaders, Wednesday evening.   Police lights and crime scene tape are a familiar sight for many residents in Waterloo; shootings, a recent murder, and other crimes taking place.

 "It is a city like every other city. They got little problems," said McFadden.  They are problems Waterloo is trying to change with the help of Detective McFadden.

 "The challenges of communication between law enforcement and the communities of color. But here is the problem, each side is saying what the other side is not doing and what they should be doing. But have they ever just come to the table and say, 'Lets just talk?'" said McFadden.

 Talk about the recent lawsuits the city has had to settle due to police misconduct.

 Justin Jones was tased and kneed in the groin. The city settled for $70,000.

 Malcolm Anderson was thrown to the ground and left there with injuries. The city settled the case for $100,000.

 Other video that surfaced just last week, shows an officer hitting an already handcuffed man during an incident earlier this year.

"The lawsuits comes about from excessive use of force. Every police department is going to have one of those cases or get sued from it. Have we had them? Yes," said McFadden.

But it is about building a relationship between the people closest to these conflicts.

"We need to talk to the nontraditional leaders and the nontraditional people. What we captured was that the barber shops are always going to be the hub for information. We are going to start there talk with them. They are going to hear things that we would never hear on both sides," said McFadden.

Detective McFadden says this is a process, one that will take time and the commitment from all Waterloo residents to be open to listening.

Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart is hosting a community roundtable with Detective McFadden, Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

All are welcome.


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