Chattanooga mayor signs Obama's commitment-to-action, pledges to review police policies

Mayor Andy Berke also defends protesters rights to have their voices heard, condemns presence of weapons at protests

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Protesters stop at an intersection on Broad Street during a peaceful demonstration on the sixth day of protests over the death of George Floyd on Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mayor Andy Berke pledged to review policing policies in Chattanooga as well as prevent negative interactions between police and protesters during a video call with reporters Friday.

The Chattanooga mayor spoke to reporters after six days of protests in Chattanooga over the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. Berke announced that he intended to sign former President Barack Obama's commitment-to-action pledge to review the city's use of force policies.

In a nationwide address, Obama weighed in on the wave of unrest and racial tension across the nation Wednesday and urged mayors, city councils and police oversight bodies to review police use-of-force policies and make other reforms to combat racism.

"We have seen this week protests in our city every day about the senseless and unjust killing of George Floyd, along with the history both over the past few weeks and over the entire course of our country's history, and this has really brought these police issues to the core for many people in our community.