Metro police, COB to begin negotiating how to share information

Posted at 1:47 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 14:53:12-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says there will be a Memorandum of Understanding between Metro Nashville Police and the Community Oversight Board.

Cooper said Monday that they will meet this week to “begin the process of negotiating" and outline how to share information going forward.

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“I’ve been a strong supporter of the COB,” said Mayor Cooper. “Nashvillians want and expect the COB and MNPD to work together to strengthen trust and provide accountability. I commend Chief Steve Anderson and the Community Oversight Board for coming together to develop an agreement that works for Nashville.”

The COB, which investigates claims of police misconduct, has reported running into issues getting information they needed from Metro Police. Chief Steve Anderson responded to those claims,
saying the COB made requests for "huge amounts of records," and that the department continues to evaluate the requests.

Back in October, the board asked Cooper to step in an "offer productive and positive pressure to ensure Chief Anderson arrives and remains at the table during the [memorandum of understanding] negotiations."

Chief Anderson asked Deputy Chief Mike Hagar to represent the department. COB Chair Ashlee Davis designated Dr. Phyllis Hildreth as the board’s representative.

Cooper has asked both parties to make a “good faith effort to come to an agreement by the end of the year.”