Police have repeatedly asserted that officers did not have enough evidence for a search warrant when the Christmas bomber’s girlfriend reported he was building explosives in 2019. But some legal experts say otherwise.
WPLN News reached out to local and state police, asking what measures each agency will be taking to ensure safety at the scheduled gatherings
This interactive timeline traces the pivotal moments preceding and following the blast that shook downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.
Two days after a bomb erupted in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, the officers at the scene shared a chilling account of that night.
A new commission is investigating the Metro Nashville Police Department’s handling of a 2019 tip involving the Christmas bomber, as the department faces criticism for its failure to prevent the explosion.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake is navigating a crisis just weeks after officially taking the helm of the department. His team faces criticism for how it handled a 2019 report that warned a local man was building a bomb in his RV — the same man who caused the massive blast on Christmas morning.
Many U.S. police departments track cars with special cameras known as license plate readers. Now, Nashville police and some members of Metro Council want in on the technology. But that’s sparked a debate about privacy and police overreach.
Anthony Warner’s girlfriend told police that he “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence,” according to a police report filed in August 2019. Yet Nashville police did not make contact with Warner after the incident.
Nashville’s new police chief is surrounding himself with a more diverse team than his predecessor. That includes promoting officers and creating a new office to foster relationships with community members. But it will be an ongoing challenge to diversify a department that’s 82% white and 89% male.
The first murder trial of a Nashville police officer for an on-duty killing has been delayed again. Andrew Delke will not stand trial until at least July, according to an order signed by a judge on Tuesday. Jury selection was slated to begin in mid-February.