Woman alleging wrongful arrest my Metro Police says oversight board will bring justice

FOX 17 News

Andrea miller took a right turn in her car that she regrets.

“He never asked me for my drivers license, my registration, none of that. He just puts me in the back of the car and demands me to give him my social security,” said Miller.

A Metro officer handcuffed her then booked her in jail after running a stop sign at the corner of Baldwin Ct and Rowan Dr. in North Nashville. Miller has to check in with a parole officer for a year. Throughout, she said she was wrongly arrested and charged with resisting arrest, reckless driving and for running a stop sign. Frustrated, she fought back.

Six years later, charges against her were dropped and the police department settled with Miller for $130,000.

“It was extremely intimidating how the system is set up. It's almost like a meat grinder,” Miller said.

So the idea is to set up a different system in the form of the community oversight board, which was passed by Davidson County voters Tuesday night. But, there are a few steps before its operational.

The Oversight Now Coalition is meeting with city leaders next week to put together the board rules and regulations.

As for who can sit on the 11 member board, it will be open to anyone in the community. Prospective board members must be nominated. Those nominations will come from the mayor, city council and community groups. CON still need to decide who will field those nominations. That will be ironed out during setup of the rules and regulations, according to Gicola Lane, a member of CON.

As for the annual $1.5 million price tag to fund the board, Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher who chairs the city's budget and finance committee says, there is no money in the budget for it now. If they get the money, Lane says the money will only be used for office space and salaries for staff and investigators, items that are critical to fair judgments.

“The investigators are going to go in and get the reports do the interviews, see if any sort of recordings or footage or audio recordings and really see what happened,” Kyle Mothershead, a civil rights attorney, said.

"I think it's going to be a voice for everyone because now everyone will have some type of justice,” Miller said.

Despite hesitation and criticism of the board, Mayor David Briley, Chief Steve Anderson and the Nashville FOP say they will work with the board moving forward. The board is expected to be operational by next year.

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