One year anniversary of Jocques Clemmons shooting by police officer
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Today marks one year since the controversial officer involved shooting that claimed the life of Jocques Clemmons. Loved ones remembered the 31-year-old this afternoon, after Metro Nashville police officer Joshua Lippert shot him.
Sheila Clemmons Lee held a remembrance day for her son at Kirkpatrick Park on Saturday. It's just a few blocks from where Clemmons died at James Cayce Homes.
"It's been a very long year, but I ain't tired yet," says Clemmons. "I still got a fight in me."
According to police, Clemmons ran after a traffic stop and refused to drop a gun. Clemmons died after being shot three times, including in the back, by officer Lippert.
"A bunch of people avoiding me like Steve Anderson, like the mayor...Lippert should have been gone long before he came in contact with my son. I've said that over and over again, just by the 8 disciplinary actions that he had before this," explains Jocques' mother.
Karen Johnson, Metro Council member District 29 says, "I pushed for the body cameras because there's a lot of things happening in our community that are unfair...all the profiling..."
From metro council to Jocques' former teacher, Lee says the event is for sharing memories and how others can join the movement his life inspired.
Mark Terry Lee, Clemmons stepfather says, "Get out and vote. We need to start standing up for our rights ..."
Clemmons' mother adds, "Jocques' death, he's brought many communities together and many races and I am so grateful for that because if we just stand together we can get a whole lot accomplished."
Today, Clemmons' loved ones celebrated by decorating and wearing his favorite team's colors: the Dallas Cowboys' silver and blue. Clemmons' own sons also received their own jerseys at the event.