Nashville's Community Oversight Board now authorized to issue subpoenas

Posted at 6:49 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 07:58:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville's Community Oversight Board is getting subpoena power after a vote at Metro Council, Tuesday night.

The Metro Oversight Board wanted this on day one, but it only became a possibility after action by the state legislature. Now, after a unanimous vote at Metro Council they will begin reviewing and approving subpoenas issued on behalf of the COB.

The new ruling will take effect now that it's passed its third and final vote. It will allow subpoenas to be considered and issued by Metro Council if they receive at least 21 affirmative votes.

Last year, the state legislature decided it is up to the local city council to decide if a community oversight board can seek a subpoena as it's looking into cases of police misconduct in the city.

By state law, councils are still not permitted to give blanket authorization for subpoenas. The requests need to be specific.