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Activists unite to demand prosecution of officers

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

AN UNRELENTING FOCUS FOR THE LAST 24 MONTHS BY A GROUP OF COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS WHO WANT THE ABILITY TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE POLICE OFFICERS.

Members of the National Black United Front and The New Black Panther Party came together to continue their two year long protest at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse.

They're asking for an independent citizen's review board with the ability to subpoena police records and prosecute officers accused of wrongdoing.

Krystal Muhammad with the new Black Panther Party says, "if it takes three years four years five years we're going to be consistent until we get what we want. We know the struggle does not come easy...we're freedom fighters."

The groups point to the video taped beating of Chad Holley as a reason for an independent body to oversee the Houston Police Department. They also pointed to photos in the coffin. People in the past killed in confrontations with police departments. Their demands come despite Mayor Annise Parker creating the Independent Oversight Police Board back in 2011.

Koffi Taharka is with the NBUF. He says, "what the Mayor has presented is a board that's appointed by certain city council members and they only look at cases after the Houston police Department has looked at them. They have no subpoena power no prosecutorial power."

Police union president Ray Hunt says HPD is not a hot bed of police brutality. He also says the idea of an independent citizen's review board with the power to prosecute and subpoena officers is simply going too far. Hunt says the current system in place now to decide a cops fate is enough.

Hunt says, "we're not scared of the grand jury system. We're scared of a political system that has an agenda and a lot of these groups are political that have an agenda."

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