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Amendment 1: Community Oversight Board for Metro Police passes

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A Community Oversight Board for Metro Nashville Police has passed.

The measure, Amendment 1 on the Davidson County ballot, passed on Tuesday by a margin of 59-41.

Nashville Mayor David Briley spoke in favor of the measure:

"The people of Nashville have spoken. As I’ve said all along, I will support this amendment, and I will start by meeting with involved parties as early as next week.

I have always asserted that civilian oversight is essential to ensuring that we have a 21st-century approach to policing. Thankfully best practices exist to help us chart a path forward, and I will do all I can to help ensure the Community Oversight Board is successful.”

The board will be comprised of a group of community members who will field complaints about police officers. They'll be able to conduct investigations and then make recommendations about further action. The board is expected to cost an estimated $1.5 million annually.

Community members began pushing for the board after the deadly officer-involved shooting of Jocques Clemmons. There was a renewed push following the deadly shooting of Daniel Hambrick earlier this year in which a Metro Police Officer was charged in his death.

The Fraternal Order of Police heavily opposed the measure.


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