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Criticizing police officers could put them in danger says retired Metro Nashville cop

Retired Metro Nashville officer shows how mistakes can be made in a tenths of a second. PHOTO: FOX 17 News

One day after Officer Andrew Delke’ was charged with murder in the shooting death of Daniel Hambrick, a former Metro officer is speaking out. Ken Alexandrow says concerned officers will now second guess their actions putting the public in jeopardy. Officers have been criticized, saying they treat people of color unfairly. Turner Lynch, who is white, says she believes officers should undergo intense racial sensitivity training.

“An officer wouldn’t look at me and think ‘Oh, she looks like she has a gun or knife or have an intent to harm me’. Whereas with a person of color, I think there is a certain amount of prejudice that is still underlying in many communities,” said Lynch.

Alexandrow says that is not the case at all.

“In 26 years I’ve never arrested someone because they were Black or African American or Mexican or Kurdish. They were committing a crime,” said Alexandrow.

Alexandroux worked street patrol, bomb squad and for years trained Metro officers how and when to use deadly force. He says deciding to pull the trigger is never an easy choice. You have to anticipate the actions of the person your pursuing.

“When you’re reacting to someone’s actions, you are always point 3-4 tenths of a second behind the curb,” said Alexandrow.

He says an officer has dozens of things to think about in less than a second and race isn’t one of them.

He says he worries that community safety has been compromised now that officers’ actions are under a microscope

“It breaks my heart because part of protecting and serving is being proactive and trying to stop crime before it happens. Now every officer has to second guess am I going to be on the news. Am I going to be suspended Am I going to lose my job or go to jail for my actions,” said Alexandrow.

In the meantime, he says he hopes the community and those who promise to protect it can find middle ground where everyone is safe.

“We do the best job that we can. We’re under extreme stress and scrutiny every day and if you want us to protect you’ve got to let us protect. If you want us to serve, you got to let us serve and right now, we’re probably not going to be able to do anything,” added Alexandrow.

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