TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday, the Greater Terre Haute Branch of the NAACP hosted a public forum about Live PD, following concerns about the show.
On Friday, a letter was delivered to both Mayor Duke Bennett and THPD Chief Shawn Keen.
The purpose of the letter was to express the local NAACP’s opposition to the show Live PD filming in Terre Haute.
“To show the negative of Terre Haute will not help us economically when it comes to people moving to Terre Haute and bringing their family here,” said Sylvester Edwards, Terre Haute NAACP president.
To gauge some of the community’s thoughts on the topic, Monday, a public forum was held during the NAACP’s meeting with many speaking out against the show’s presence in Terre Haute.
That includes one local business owner who says during a phone call for her business, she realized the show’s impact.
“He goes ‘I graduated from the University of Georgia with a geography and history major, and I’ve never heard of anybody being from Terre Haute except from you,’ and he goes ‘But until last night when I was watching Live PD,'” said Angel Gayler, owner of Sweeper World.
Gayler says what came next in the conversation is what was troubling.
“He goes “So it’s interesting to see how you’re all a bunch of rednecks and hillbillys'”, Gayler said.
By ending the city’s contract with Live PD, Gayler says she believes a more positive image of Terre Haute can be spotlighted.
“I want people to come here and think I’m going to make money and I’m going to be successful,” Gayler said.
During Monday’s meeting, there were no members of the public who spoke in favor of the show.
Mayor Bennett says so far the city has not looked into cancelling the contract for Live PD.