Group Advocates for Citizen Oversight Board Over Metro Police

Posted at 9:06 PM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 23:40:35-04

A group that formed after a controversial Metro Police shooting took to the downtown Nashville streets, demanding a change with Metro Police.

The group marched Friday night for "accountability in support of a Community Oversight Board in Nashville."

A community oversight board was denied by the Metro Council in January, but community members have been pushing for its creation for two decades.

Demands for the board were re-ignited after the shooting of Jocques Clammons. He was shot and killed in February of 2017. The officer who killed Clemmons, Josh Lippert, was found not to have violated any laws during the shooting.

That's when "Community Oversight Now" formed. They pushed for a citizen board to oversee Metro Police and launched a signature gathering campaign, wanting to put the question of a citizen oversight committee to Metro voters.

“We intend to be on the ballot in November, we're going to collect signatures so the voters can vote whether they want an oversight board the same way they voted on transit,” said group spokesperson Jackie Sims.

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