Nashville’s police chief has repeatedly said the department responded to a 2019 report about Anthony Warner as thoroughly as it could at the time, and that it acknowledged the report quickly as it could after the Christmas Day bombing. But the police department is now creating an “after-action report” to determine whether it made mistakes.
Neighbors of a home in southeast Nashville were asked to evacuate early this morning as police investigated a possible bomb that was later determined to be an inactive or hoax device.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake is defending the investigative work by his department, and he says he thinks they essentially did all they were legally allowed to do in August 2019 when warned about downtown bomber Anthony Warner.
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.
Officials have shied away from calling the Christmas Day bombing an act of domestic terrorism while they continue to investigate potential motives. And many people are asking: Why?
Several criminal justice reform groups are urging the Tennessee Supreme Court to release people from jails and juvenile detention centers.
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.
A new agreement will make it easier for the Nashville Community Bail Fund to get people out of jail. Earlier this year, the nonprofit sued Davidson County’s criminal court clerk, with help from the ACLU.
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.