Metro Council to create commission to review Nashville bombing

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Posted at 8:03 AM, Feb 02, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro council members want to take a hard look at the circumstances and response to the Christmas morning bombing in downtown Nashville.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the council voted to pass a bill that establishes a nine-member Special Bombing Review Commission to review and investigate the circumstances surrounding the bombing.

The commission will have one year to investigate and submit their findings and recommendations regarding possible improvements, procedures, and policy changes to reduce the likelihood of another bombing in Nashville.

Metro police got a tip that Anthony Warner was building bombs in the RV outside his home about a year before the explosion. At that time, police went to Warner's house and saw the RV, but never talked to him.

Council member Bob Mendes toldNewsChannel 5 Investigatesthat information was concerning. He said it's a fair question to ask if the complaining woman had been a different profile, and if the suspect Anthony Warner had been a different profile, whether there would have been a different response.

Council member Jennifer Gamble, one of the bill’s sponsors, believes that creating a commission to review the bombing will improve the city's response to similar emergencies in the future.

“Knowing that was a little unsettling and I’d like to find out during this process if there was something that we could have done to avoid this,” said Gamble.