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.
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.
Nashville police leaders say — in hindsight — that they should have had more officers on the street Saturday before violence and vandalism in downtown. “We did not, obviously, anticipate the violence — the magnitude of the violence,” said Chief Steve Anderson.
As protests spread throughout the country in the wake of recent high-profile killings by police officers, Nashville is gearing up for its own demonstrations this weekend.
Nashville is discouraging residents from using the Easter weekend as an excuse to break out of their stay-at-home routine. “We do know that Sunday is likely to attract more crowds, because of the nature of the holiday. So we will have more officers,” Police Chief Steve Anderson said.
Nashville’s new Community Oversight Board is calling for an emergency meeting with police to further flesh out its relationship with the department. The two groups signed an agreement barely two months ago, after weeks of tense negotiations. But at a meeting Wednesday night, board members said that agreement was already falling short.