After alleged 'political stonewalling,' Chattanooga council will consider socialists' proposals

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / A Chattanooga protest march heads south on Market Street in reaction to the death of George Floyd and other police brutalities on June 17, 2020.

The Chattanooga City Council will consider a group of police brutality and racial equity policies proposed by the local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America after allegations of "stonewalling" the group based on its political affiliation.

The socialists, in cooperation with several other local activist groups, proposed a list of budgetary amendments and other potential policy changes to the council in June after a meeting at which more than 150 citizens called for changes to combat police brutality after the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.

During that and the next meeting, council members suggested the activists needed a more concrete plan for policy changes. The activist group responded with 11 possible city budget amendments and seven non-budgetary suggestions.

"When all those protests started, they were everywhere, and we noticed things that people were doing in other cities and other places that were getting results.