SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- In recent weeks, the issue of excessive police force has come into the public spotlight with a case involving a handicapped man being tasered on a CENTRO bus.
A coalition of neighbors is now uniting to try to bring change within the community.
The families of several people believed to be victims of police brutality gathered at the Southwest Community Center. They shared their personal stories and also learned what to do if confronted by that type of situation.
The head of the local NYCLU chapter says there needs to be more accountability.
"Events like this are important so that whether or not somebody has made a complaint, it's still important to speak the truth, to learn from what really happens. For the community to learn, as well as the police department, that there are standards that police officers must be held to," sad Barrie Gewanter, NYCLU CNY Chapter Director.
Gewanter says she thinks the Syracuse Police Chief has been responsive, but adds that she believes there is a culture within the police department that needs to change.