In the wake of the Chad Holley case leaders say fear of police is growing.
Because former Houston Police Officer Andrew Blomberg received a not guilty verdict, State Representative Garnet Coleman believes Houston's black community might be a bit more on edge when it comes to working with the police. Coleman cites his own experience of growing up black in Houston and dealing with the police.
"I was stopped 11 times the first year I got my drivers license,"
Coleman says it's left a lasting impression on him.
"Whenever I saw a police officer and the residual exists today, for some reason I believe because of those experiences that they're out to harm me."
Many ministers with the Houston Ministers Against Crime have also ended their relationship with the police department as a result of a policy change that doesn’t allow them to speak their mind about ongoing cases. Reverend Robert Gilmore is with the group.
"The mistrust, fear and anger is growing," says Gilmore.
Gilmore thinks the whole city could use some counseling in wake of the Chad Holley case.