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Community Members Hold Policing Meeting In North Nashville

Posted: 10:51 PM, Mar 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-18 23:56:15-04

Just days after Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson presented the department's more than $50 million budget request needed for body and dash cameras, community members gathered to discuss ways they could be involved in the process and have their voices heard when it comes to policing the community.

The meeting was held at Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville Saturday morning.

"They need to correct whatever they need to correct and then look at ways on how they can prevent it," said someone during the meeting.

A huge push for body cameras came after 31-year-old Jocques Clemmons was shot and killed by a Metro Nashville police officer in February, and the death sparked outrage in the community.

Nashville has become a melting pot, and Sonya Thomas said it's time for the community to sound off about issues that have been affecting their neighborhoods.

"Our Constitution says that we the people of the United States form a perfect union and establish justice. We are the voice, we are the people," said Thomas.

Those who organized the meeting said this was just the first of many.