An independent investigative firm from Alexandria, Va., has been called in by Savannah city officials to investigate issues with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, City Manager Stephanie Cutter said today.
The firm, M.D.B.I. International, which bills itself as an independent, investigative company,, began work on Monday in what is expected to be a two-week process looking into what Cutter called clouds over several individuals within the police department.
The immediate focus will be on officers Sgt. Malik Khaalis and Willett Williams, both of whom have been placed on paid administrative leave.
The investigation also will encompass allegations involving Capt. Cedric Phillips, which Cuter said is a “separate issue,” She said former chief Willie Lovett “is linked in some way. It is part of the investigation.”
Once the investigation is complete, Cutter said, the findings will be forwarded to her for whatever actions are necessary.