ROCKFORD -- Thousands of local residents have joined a new Facebook group aimed at stopping what they call "police brutality".
It started out as a Rockford man venting on Facebook about his frustrations with the Rockford Police Department. Now 1500 people have joined in on the conversation.
The site's creator says that although he organized the page he doesn't want to be known as the group's leader. Members are planning to meet tomorrow at Beattie park for what they call " an open meeting" about police brutality. We're told the discussion will lead to a city wide march scheduled in September. Residents are using the forum to share experiences about violence they say they have encountered with area departments. Some incidents date back years ago.
"We are not an anti-police group but in any career you have good performers and bad performers and in the case of police, the average citizen can pay the penalty," said group member Jen Maddison.
The Rockford police department did not want to comment on the Facebook page. They did say they will likely attend the open meeting and future march to make sure everyone is safe. He wanted to hear from the community after seeing national events unfold, wants a public discussion and stresses this is not an anti- police rally