City Police Investigation

The Dothan Police Department will now be under investigation, stemming from accusations made in several letters sent to city leaders.

Dothan Mayor Chester Sowell announced that the city commission would request an external investigation of the police department involving allegations of abuse of power, intimidation, and racism.

The investigation to be conducted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation stems from unsigned letters sent to city leaders pertaining to the conduct of the police chief and his subordinates.

Police Chief John White contends former police Captain Jim Smith is responsible for writing the letters.

White says he has no problem with his department being investigated over the allegations mentioned in those letters. And this is something Mayor Sowell hopes the police chief is right on.

News 4 did contact Jim Smith by phone, but on the advice of his attorney he declined to speak on the matter.