Source says Metro Police Officer in fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons won't be charged
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A source close to the case says Metro Nashville Police officer Josh Lippert will not be charged in the shooting death of Jocques Clemmons.
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Clemmons was fatally shot outside of Cayce Homes in February following a traffic stop by Officer Lippert.
The announcement comes after the MNPD released a report by the internal affairs office which also found Lippert cleared of wrongdoing.
The report recommends Lippert be exonerated, stating "an officer may use deadly force when there is a reasonable belief that the action is immediately necessary." The report cites Officer Lippert ordering Clemmons "Don't go for it!" when Clemmons grabbed a weapon that had fallen to the ground. Lippert also gave repeated commands for Clemmons to drop the gun after retrieval and turned towards the Officer with the gun "raised" up "about waist high." That is when Lippert fired.
The report states Clemmons suffered three gunshot wounds, two to his back and one to his hip.
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The Justice for Jocques coalition is holding a news conference at 5:30 p.m. and provided the following statement:
“Today Metro District Attorney Glenn Funk made a decision that impacted the family of Jocques Clemmons and will serve as the example for how the cases of Metro Nashville Police officers who kill citizens in the line of duty will be handled in the future. We had hoped that he would do the right thing and seek justice on behalf of this family. Unfortunately, he has decided to set the precedent that MNPD officers who shoot fleeing citizens in the back will not be held accountable for their actions.
Although the MNPD has obstructed the process from the beginning, that is no excuse for ignoring the evidence which clearly shows that Jocques Clemmons posed no threat to Officer Lippert and that Officer Lippert’s actions were wrong and wantonly and capriciously violent. We do not need trigger happy officers running amok in our communities. They will only be emboldened now that they see that there will be no consequences for their actions.
The Coalition will continue to fight on behalf of the Clemmons family for the expeditious fulfillment of the demands which we have presented to the Mayor and the City Council. Particularly at this point, we see no reason why the police report which documents the police response to the incident cannot be released without further delay. Furthermore, we continue to demand the immediate firing of Officer Lippert. He simply cannot be allowed to be set loose upon the public where he will, without doubt, continue to brutalize and abuse innocent citizens at his whim.
We are grateful for the support we have received from the people of Nashville. Thank you for standing with us. Let’s take this disappointment in stride and continue to fight for the right of every citizen to live in a neighborhood where they feel safe and secure.”