BELOIT (WKOW)-- Reverend Keith Stamper, who worked to unite the Beloit community after a violent 2014, calls the accusations against the city's Cheif and Deputy Chief “surprising and disappointing.”
Rev. Stamper says he heard concerns from community members about leadership in the police department, after eight homicides in 2014, the majority of which went unsolved. At first Stamper says he defended Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Cheif Tom Dunkin.
“I kind of stuck with them, fighting for them,” Rev. Stamper said. “We're working together, so come to find out about these charges it not only makes them look bad, it makes me look bad, makes the community look bad.”
Stamper says looking back, he realizes initiatives to promote peace in the community, went largely ignored by the departments top cops.
“Every time we did something, we hardly ever seen Norm Jacobs there,” Stamper said. “Tom Dunkin was always son vacation or something. So i didn't really see the proper response that would make us feel safe and comfortable.”
Rev. Stamper says despite his disappointment in Jacobs and Dunkin, he say she's noticed an improvement since interim Cheif Dave Zibloski took over this summer.
“Since he's been the interim chief I’ve seen differences,” Rev. Stamper said. “I've seen more police activity, I’ve seen him, he came to our events, they're [police officers] dancing with the kids. They contact me constantly, which is a positive thing i couldn't get before. So i think they changes have already started.”
And Rev. Stamper says in order to continue moving foward, the community needs to work with the police department.