Nashville’s police department is revising its use-of-force policies to explicitly ban the use of chokeholds in response to recent protests of George Floyd’s death last month in Minneapolis. The department is also telling officers they must intervene if they witness excessive force.
Protest and politics. That’s the philosophy of the Equity Alliance, one of the organizers of last weekend’s “I Will Breathe” Rally.
There are still many unknowns surrounding last week’s car chase and shootout that left a Nashville police officer injured and another man dead Thursday night, as state agents and the city’s police oversight board investigate the actions of three officers who opened fire.
Police officers in Nashville will now be allowed to carry personally-owned high powered assault rifles while on duty. The policy change is in response to recent shootings in Newtown and Aurora.