Officer-Involved Shooting Prompts Calls For Community Oversight Board

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 19:28:34-04

A fatal officer-involved shooting in downtown Nashville revitalized a local group's efforts to create a community oversight board.

The conversation of a board is one that's been happening in Nashville for about a decade, but recent shootings have put it back in the spotlight.

After the death of Jocques Clemmons in February of 2017, community members formed the group "Community Oversight Now."

Organizers created a petition to create the board following Thursday night's fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick.

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“What we’re trying to do is get 6,000 signatures from registered voters so we can get it on the November ballot for people to be able to vote on it," said Gicola Lane. “The purpose is to create an independent body to be able to look into misconduct complaints of the police.”

If you're interested in signing the petition go to download the petition by clicking here. Print it off then mail it into the Davidson County Election Commission.

There is no police body camera footage of the incident, and Lane and other members of the group are calling attention to that as well. 

Police: No Body Cam Footage Of Fatal Shooting

“This is just the same old story and we called for those things last year. It was supposed to be put in the budget in 2017. Why are we hearing another family is scraping to find videos of what happened," said Lane.

In July of last year the city approved $15 million for its police body camera program. However, that budget, according to metro police, does not include funds for staffing the program - still, it's moving forward. 

Metro Nashville Police Department Moving Forward With Body Camera program