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DEVELOPING:City Manager Brings in Outside Firm to Investigate SCMPD

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City Manager Stephanie Cutter talks about her decision to bring in outside investigative agency City Manager Stephanie Cutter talks about her decision to bring in outside investigative agency
Malik Khaalis is on suspension from the SCMPD Malik Khaalis is on suspension from the SCMPD
Willet Williams is on suspension from the SCMPD Willet Williams is on suspension from the SCMPD
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -

Outside investigators are being brought in to look into a pair of cases, and three savannah-Chatham police department officers that have been suspended.

Integrity.  

Transparency.  

Those were the words city manager Stephanie Cutter used frequently when talking about her decision to bring in investigators to look into two high profile cases.

The Virginia based company MDB International has been in town since Sunday.  Two of the men they have focused on are Sergeant Malik Khaalis and Star Corporal Willet Williams.  Both were suspended after the Chatham County District Attorney's Office announced they would not prosecute any cases made by either man.  

Cutter believes outside investigators could help find answers or clear the men of any wrongdoing.

"We're trying to move forward to do great things to restore the public's trust in our police department because first and foremost we want Savannah to be safe," said City Manager Stephanie Cutter. "If there's no trust in the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, we simply can't address the issue of public safety."

Also on suspension and in the crosshairs of MDBI, Captain Cedric Phillips.  Phillips was suspended after being named in sexual harassment allegations from Officer Trina Mayes toward Phillips and now former Chief Willie Lovett.  

Once this new investigation was finished, News 3 wanted to know what the city manager would do if investigators found out those allegations were false.

"My hopes are if nothing comes of it, it puts it to rest. We can move on. It's dead," said Cutter.
 
"And if the allegations are unfounded in that case, do you feel there should be any apology from the city?"

"He retired. Why should there be an apology from the city for him making a decision to retire?"

The investigation is expected to take a week or two.

The City manager does say when the inquiry is finished, cutter will confer with Interim Police Chief Juliette Tolbert to make any decisions on the three suspended officers' future.

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