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UPDATE: Waterloo Mayor to hold news conference at 2:30 p.m.

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UDPATE: Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart will hold a news conference at City Hall at 2:30 p.m. today. 

Mayor Hart and Police Chief Daniel Trelka will be discussing Trelka's status and the future of community policing. 

You can watch this live on our website here: http://www.kwwl.com/category/195327/kwwl-live-streaming


UPDATE:  Several community members have said, through social media, they plan to show their support for Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka at tonight's city council meeting.

The city says, as of 8:45 this morning, no one had signed up to speak at that meeting.

As KWWL first reported on Friday morning, sources said Chief Trelka had told some officers that he'd been asked to resign.

There is nothing on tonight's agenda about a potential resignation, but people can still address things that are not posted.

The city says people can speak for 3 minutes without registering with the City Clerk's office. If they want extra time to speak, they must call that office to register first. They would then be given the first priority to speak.

There are messages of support for Chief Trelka written in chalk outside Waterloo City Hall this morning.


UPDATE: Waterloo City Council members say they are taken by surprise regarding the news of the Chief's resignation.

"It caught me completely off guard," said Chairman of Public Safety Steve Schmitt.

Schmitt also said that no discussion regarding the topic was made at the last City Council meeting. 

City Councilman Tom Powers also said that he wasn't made aware of the news until KWWL informed him. 


Sources tell KWWL today that Dan Trelka is out as Waterloo's police chief by the end of the year.

KWWL was told Chief Trelka was emotional as he informed some officers and staff members this morning that he's been asked to step down. Sources say his last day will be in December.

The spotlight has been on the Waterloo Police Department in recent weeks after a series of developments. In August, a suspect being retried for murder was found not guilty. Testimony shows an officer at the murder scene made insensitive statements. The department was also criticized for the way it handled that investigation.

Also in August, we learned about a settlement with a teenager who was thrown to the ground by an officer. The teen was paid $5,000 to keep quiet about what happened.

Video was then released showing an officer verbally and physically assaulting a suspect after a chase.

Then, on Sunday, the Des Moines Register wrote an editorial calling on the Department of Justice to step in to review the department.

Trelka was hired in May of 2010. Before that, he had served as police chief in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

KWWL spoke with Chief Trelka multiple times this morning. He said he could not comment on the situation.

Stay with KWWL throughout the day as this story develops.

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