On AWA, Community Expresses Extreme Anger At Merit Board Decsion on Officer Piland – Hour 1

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    Audio Included in Post. Runs 56 Minutes Audio ©2010 WTLC/Radio One. Anger, dismay, melancholy and strong calls for action were among the many emotions expressed by Afternoons with Amos listeners and community leaders during a special two hour broadcast in the wake of the controversial six-to-one vote of the IMPD Merit Board exonerating Officer Jerry Piland of violating rules and using excessive force in the beating of Brandon Johnson. Public Safety Director Dr. Frank Straub, IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski and Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams expressed their dismay live in the program’s first hour. Rev. Stephen Clay of the Baptist Ministers Alliance, Bishop Tom Benjamin, Rev. C.L. Day of Concerned Clergy, Pastor Michael Jones, Rev. Fitzhugh Lyons, Councilman William Oliver were among the community leaders in studio expressing strong outrage. And their emotions were echoed by listeners calls, e-mails and statements. Listen above to Hour 1 of the AWA special.

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