A man died last week shortly after Nashville police arrested him, but unlike past in-custody deaths, nearly the whole incident appears to have been caught on body camera. Reporters were shown the footage at police headquarters Thursday.
The Community Oversight Board and the Metro Nashville Police Department have finalized a new agreement that provides broad powers to the civilian group. It’s a major landmark for the COB, which comes more than two years after an overwhelming number of Nashvillians voted in favor of police oversight.
The Metro Nashville Police Department has a new leader after a months-long, nationwide search that ultimately isn’t venturing far for the selection. Interim Chief John Drake is dropping the word “interim” from his title, Mayor John Cooper announced Monday. Drake has run the department since former Chief Steve Anderson retired in August.
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.