COOPERTOWN, TN – Polygraph machines have been used by law enforcement for many years, but now some officers are about to use it on themselves. A Tennessee town is turning to lie detectors to test for racism in their police department.
Chief Shane Sullivan took over the Coopertown Police Department last November after a series of embarrassing scandals, including one in which an officer was caught on dashboard-cam using a racial slur.
But now the new police chief has taken charge and ordered the use of polygraph tests to rebuild his department by using the lie detector to help keep racists off his force.
Chief Sullivan is hoping his polygraph ploy can discourage racist applicants in the future.