All of the candidates said there’s a broken relationship between the community and police.
The Community Oversight Board says it hopes to finalize a new agreement with the Metro Nashville Police Department by the end of this week.
In an email to Metro Councilmember Bob Mendes Thursday, Metro Nashville community oversight director Jill Fitcheard said she was alarmed to hear the tape for the first time in a WPLN News story.
After months of disputes, the relationship between the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Community Oversight Board is starting to thaw. Interim Police Chief John Drake told board members Wednesday night he wants to be a resource to the agency — not get in the way of its work.
A diverse group of local leaders will be digging into the department’s training, policies and community interactions. But the commission, which has been in the works for a few weeks now, is already facing scrutiny.
Interim Chief John Drake has laid out a long to-do list he says he’s ready to tackle. But transforming the department won’t be easy.
The group wants MNPD to expand its new ban on chokeholds to include other types of neck restraints. They also want the department to require de-escalation before officers use force and more specific wording in its ban on shooting from a moving car.
Early Wednesday morning, two officers shot a man in the hand while responding to a domestic violence call. The shooting wasn’t fatal. But it’s the third time that officers have fired at a black man since mid-May. Now, Nashville’s Community Oversight Board is investigating.
In just the past month, Nashville’s new police oversight agency has launched three investigations into high-profile, use-of-force incidents. And they’re testing the department’s powers.
Nashville’s Community Oversight Board wants to investigate the death of a man who was arrested in February. The officers who arrested Gabriel Hines have been accused of using physical force. The Metro Nashville Police Department says an internal investigation cleared them of wrongdoing. But the city’s new police oversight group still has questions.