NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Disciplinary hearings will be held for three members of the Metro Nashville Police who were decommissioned following the raid of an innocent woman's home.
In August of 2020, officers raided the wrong home. Chief John Drake said they were executing an evidentiary search warrant connected to vehicle burglaries.
Lieutenant Harrison Dooley, a 12-year veteran, Sergeant Jeff Brown, a 21-year veteran, and Officer Michael Richardson, a 5-year veteran were decommissioned following the incident.
Recently, the department offered the following recommended sanctions:
- Officer Richardson: dismissal
- Sgt. Brown: demotion to officer
- Lt. Dooley: demotion to officer
However, Police officials said the three men did not accept the sanctions and requested disciplinary hearings, which will be scheduled soon.
Commander David Corman received formal counseling for "faulty decision-making/poor judgment" in selecting Richardson for the Directed Patrol Unit because officials say Richardson had no prior experience in drafting, planning or executing a residential search warrant and was lacking in knowledge concerning surveillance.
Shortly after the incident, Chief Drake said the department would be implementing the following protocol to keep a similar incident from happening again:
- Immediate suspension of all search warrants unless they’re approved by a deputy chief - a move that’s never been done before.
- Training for all crime suppression units to review the issuing of search warrants, surveillance tactics, etc.