Maryam Mohammed hoped to be the first Nashville police officer to wear a hijab. But records obtained by WPLN News show department leadership repeatedly told her she would not be allowed to wear her headscarf if accepted to the academy, because it violated the uniform policy.
As authorities investigate a recent shooting by a Nashville police officer, records show his prior instances of using force were always justified by the department. And his proactive policing led to internal praise.
All of the candidates said there’s a broken relationship between the community and police.
Nashville is just weeks away from hiring a new police chief, after former Chief Steve Anderson abruptly retired this summer. And the change in leadership comes as the city — and the country — grapple with growing distrust in law enforcement. But it won’t be easy to find a candidate who pleases everyone.
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.
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.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is leaving his post at the end of the day, a sudden change on Thursday that rapidly accelerates his planned retirement.
Nineteen current and former Metro Nashville Police officers say they have been sexually assaulted, harassed or discriminated against because of their gender or race, according a former sex abuse detective who’s launched her own investigation.
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.
This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is retiring after 10 years leading the department, Mayor John Cooper announced this morning.