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Reported by WMC's Kontji Anthony

Some West Memphis Residents Looking to Oust Mayor and Police Chief

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) - Some West Memphis residents want to force the city's mayor and police chief out of office.

This action comes nearly a week after surveillance video caught police taking a taser to Dewayne Chatt.

Chatt's family said West Memphis police used excessive force.

But West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert maintained the officers were within their rights to subdue the struggling Chatt.

Members of the Crittenden County branch of Operation Help are siding with Chatt's family. Today, they stepped up to get what they call "justice for Chatt's death."

Operation Help president Wendol Lee publicly demanded West Memphis City Council members, specifically the 6 black council members, not participate in city government.

Lee hopes it will force the Mayor and Chief Paudert out of office.

"Something must be done to stop this unjustifiable killing here. Don't force us to do something. Stop it and we want it to stop now," Lee said.

Operation Help is a civil rights organization that deals in large part with police brutality.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory released a preliminary autopsy that said Chatt had severe coronary artery disease.

But the coroner hasn't yet released an official cause of death.

In the meantime, Chatt's family attorney Jay Bailey said officers did use excessive force and is preparing to file a $50 million lawsuit. 


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