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A look back on Chief Willie Lovett's career with SCMPD

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

After 40 years with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department many are shocked that Police Chief Willie Lovett's decorated career came to an end under so much controversy.

After being named interim Chief of Police for the second time in 2009, "then" Major Willie Lovett had the support of not only his peers on the force, but this community. In October, the community rallied their support by staging a silent protest outside city hall and inside city council chambers, sending a strong message to city and county leaders that they wanted Lovett as the new permanent chief.

After a national search, Lovett got the job and was sworn in on April 16, 2010. Through the years, often residents perceived crime was rising, while the SCMPD crime statistics remained the same or in some cases, dropped. That came to a head on January 16, 2013 when some residents accused the officers of trying to convince residents not to file police reports about crimes that were being committed. Many had even reported the behavior to their aldermen which led to an independent investigation, but nothing criminal was found. Investigators did however say there was room for improvement.

Then on September 9th, Captain Charles Hall and Captain Dean Fagerstrom filed racial discrimination lawsuits against Chief Lovett and the city of Savannah.

On September 26th, a sexual harassment allegation was made against Lovett according to a memo sent from Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter to Mayor Edna Jackson and the City Council.

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