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New Investigation Surrounding Franklin Officers

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - An investigation into alleged misconduct by a Franklin Police detective found no wrongdoing. But more possible misconduct was found during the investigative process that has raised red flags.

In May, Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey contacted the Metro Nashville Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability and requested it investigate allegations a Franklin Police detective inappropriately accessed a confidential juvenile data base.

That investigation took three months to complete and was released to Stuckey on April 8th. It determined there was no wrongdoing.

"There was no finding. There was no evidence found directly to substantiate that allegation," Stuckey said.

However, during the Metro investigation officers concluded there was possible misconduct on the part of two officers. One of those officers was the focus of the initial investigation.

"That's a concern obviously," according to Stuckey.

It was revealed in the report the detective who was the subject of the investigation talked about the proceedings with several other Franklin Police employees. She was told not to talk about her part of the investigation with anyone.

It was also determined a lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Department withheld information during initial interviews with Metro Police and the report said she tried to "circumvent the truth."

"This report also highlights some questions during the interview process, or the investigative process that we want to make sure we follow up on," according to Stuckey.

Franklin city leaders will now start an investigation into any possible wrongdoing during the Metro Police investigation.

"To review that, to talk to folks involved, to make sure we are getting a complete picture of what was shared in the investigation process, as well as whatever else might be going on to make sure we understand it and we'll take appropriate action from there," Stuckey said.

Metro Police suggested in their report that Franklin city leaders read the entire transcripts from the interviews with those two officers in order to get a comprehensive view of what transpired during those proceedings.

The city administrator said there is not a specific timeframe to complete the new investigation into more possible misconduct.


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