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Community activists react to feds reviewing alleged police brutality cases

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For the last 100 weeks, members of the National Black United Front and other community organizations have spent every Tuesday protesting police brutality aimed at minorities.

"Finally the Department of Justice is coming in to look at these cases of excessive force by the Houston Police Department," said Krystal Muhammad, with the Black United Front.

The high profile cases the feds will be looking into include:

-- The March 2010 beating of Chad Holley.
-- The January arrests of Annika Lewis and her husband Sebastian Prevot.
-- The October 2011 arrest of Anthony Childress.  Childress lost 6 teeth during his run in with cops.

"Every day, I have to walk around like this," Childress said.  "I'm not an ugly person and it's hard to look at people and smile and your teeth and stuff is gone that's real hard to do."

While this group is glad the feds are reviewing these cases, what about thousands of others they say that get nothing more than an internal review?

"You cannot expect the police to govern the police," Childress said.

"We demand that the justice department look at not only these cases but the thousands of complaints that have gone against the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Department as well as the constable's office," Krystal Muhammad said.

"When it comes to justice, the law is very swift on citizens but very soft on police officers," said Deric Muhammad with the Black United Front.

Historically, this group points out very few cases of police brutality ever led to criminal charges against cops.

"We continue to ask for a civilian board with subpoena power and prosecutory power," Ali Muhammad with the Black United Front said.

For now, only the feds will be investigating and these folks say they hope it's not just for show.

"If this does not work you don't want to see what's coming next," Deric Muhammad said.

The police chief and the police union have publicly denied the excessive force allegations.  The chief is the one who initiated the justice department review.

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