Black Pastors Meet With Chief After Police-Involved Shooting

Posted: 8:04 PM, Feb 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-16 04:52:04-05

Local church pastors discussed the investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting with the Metro Nashville Police Chief.

To whom much is given, much is required and being a pastor, comes with a lot of responsibility.

"Pastor is the most endearing term by which a preacher can be called," said Pastor George Brooks Sr., St. James Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. George Brooks has been the Pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville for more than 30 years, and has been meeting with Police Chief Steve Anderson for several years along with a group of other Nashville pastors.

However, Monday's meeting was unlike any other meeting they've had before.

"We have not wanted anyone to be shot by a police officer here, particularly a black male," said Rev. Brooks.

Jocques Clemmons was shot and killed by Metro Police Officer Joshua Lippert Friday afternoon. Police said he would not drop his gun after a traffic stop led to a scuffle.

Pastor Brooks said he trusts the process, but not every minister shares that same opinion.

"No I don't have a problem with the protesters, and no I don't trust the process. I think it's been shown nationally police don't do a good job of policing themselves," said Pastor Davie Tucker, Beech Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Metro Police is conducting its own investigation and the District Attorney's Office is also conducting an investigation.

Trust is not easily built, but Chief Anderson hoped Nashville will trust the department's actions.

"The only thing I can ask is trust us, and all of the information will be available and they can make their own decision at the end," said Chief Anderson.

The FBI also announced they would be overseeing the MNPD's investigation into the fatal shooting.