Cover Story, July 2022
Angela Dennis Talks Knoxville Policing Continues To Harm Our Black Community - Here's Hoping for Change
By Angela Dennis, Race & Social Justice Reporter and Black In Appalachia Podcast Host
My heart is extremely heavy after learning about the horrific incident that claimed the lives of ten Black men and women in Buffalo, New York, this past weekend.
The tragedy is just another example of how white supremacy and extremism continue to reign in our country and claim lives. At Knox News and as journalists we are making sure we are not amplifying extremists and their messages, focusing more on the people who are harmed by these ideologies and injustice.
Now is an important time to highlight a very important story by my colleague Tyler Whetstone, that shows once again, more of the internal issues going on within the Knoxville Police Department and how a young Black woman was wrongfully brutalized in what many are calling a "disturbing incident."
Trinity Clark, a college student at Tennessee State University in Nashville, had an alarming and traumatic encounter with a Knoxville police officer last year which has now come to light after some great reporting and video footage from our newsroom.
In August, Clark was confronted late at night by officer Joseph Roberts. Clark was tackled, her top torn from her, kneeled on, and handcuffed. She was exposed topless and terrified in a front yard on Linden Avenue.
Like many Black Americans across America, any encounter with a law enforcement officer places you in fear of your life. Clark says she was no exception.
As we head into a new chapter with a new police chief, Paul Noel, I hope that we see some changes from top to bottom in the quality of officers and policing we see in the Black community, and as usual, we will continue to provide valuable reporting about it.