Police Chief Uses Polygraph To Weed Out Racist Applicants

Polygraph advocate: Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan
Polygraph advocate: Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan

By Sheila Burke

A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force.

Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan took over the department in November, becoming the 11th chief in as many years. He was hired on the heels of a series of police scandals that for a few months left Coopertown with no police at all. Years before that, a mayor was voted out of office after the local prosecutor accused him of racism and running a notorious speed trap.