Metro Police Chief: Hambrick shooting video 'very disturbing'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson, speaking for the first time since the officer-involved shooting involving Daniel Hambrick, called the video of the incident "very disturbing."
"That said, I cannot take the video as the absolute of what may or may not have happened. There might be other considerations. Keep in mind that video was shot from a great distance away so any time you zoom in, you lose a lot of clarity," Anderson continued.
The chief's Thursday's interview with FOX 17 News comes amidst criticism over his handling of accountability and transparency issues. Among the concerns are delays getting body cameras, a lack of a police oversight board and Anderson's leadership.
"Everyone should look back over this police department from the last few years, see what we’ve done, see what we’ve accomplished and make their own decision," Anderson responded to the question of what he would say to people calling for new leadership at MNPD. "I have no plans to retire or resign."
Anderson also said he supported a police oversight board as long as it has representation from all parts of the Nashville community. A spokesperson for Mayor David Briley said on Thursday that even if the Metro Council does not push a community oversight board to the voters, he will start one though executive order.
"I think we all have some concerns that it's written in a manner that a good part of Nashville would be left out of the participation," Anderson said. "I'm not opposed to the community looking at anything we do. That's why we try to be as open as we possible can."
Many believe that statement jives with Anderson's slow rollout of body cameras. Paid for 16 months ago, the body cameras would give plain view of officer interactions.
"But this is the government," Anderson said. "It's a long protracted process. There's millions of dollars involved and competitors will bring lawsuits because they didn't get what they feel is an equal opportunity to participate."
Anderson asked the public to withhold judgement on the Hambrick shooting until the investigation is complete. He says the department will do an internal investigation regardless of whether the district attorney prosecutes officer Andrew Delke.
"We'll be making a more detailed analysis because we want to know about policy and procedure that might have occurred," Anderson explained.