Nashville’s new Community Oversight Board has taken on its first official investigation, even though the panel hasn’t yet finalized an agreement with the police department. The 11-member board will review an incident that went viral last week following the release of a Facebook video in which a Metro Nashville Police Officer appears to throw a woman against her vehicle at a gas station.
The officer, Barrett Teague, has been decommissioned and his actions are being investigated by the Office of Professional Accountability. But after members of the Community Oversight Board received video of the altercation from several sources over the weekend, they decided to jumpstart their process and open their own investigation.
Thank you to everyone notifying me about the incident with a civilian and MNPD on July 3, 2019. The Community Oversight Board is currently working to investigate the complaint. pic.twitter.com/lGq2BDB2QD
— Jamel Campbell-Gooch (@nashvillered) July 7, 2019
It’s still unclear how much access members will have to police information when conducting this review or others in the future. The board has not yet negotiated its official agreement with the department, which will determine the scope of the board’s power.
Nashville’s Community Oversight Board has published an initial draft of its agreement with the police department on its website. They’ll meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss next steps. For now, the board’s executive director will be accepting complaints of alleged police misconduct by email.
Samantha Max is a Report for America corps member.