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The prosecution of a Nashville police officer will begin to make its way through the court system at the same time that advocates are campaigning for the creation of a citizen board to review police misconduct.

The groups in favor of creating that board largely celebrated the officer’s arrest as one form of accountability, but say they still want a community oversight board.

Metro board of ethical conduct
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A pair of investigations into former mayor Megan Barry are seeing a flurry of activity this week. The Metro Auditor’s much-anticipated findings could be made public soon. And on Tuesday, members of the Metro Board of Ethical Conduct — running their own probe — said they plan to call officials to testify.



A group of local activists is launching a petition to resurrect the proposal for a police community oversight board. The goal is to get a referendum on the November ballot so Nashville voters can decide whether community oversight of police is necessary.

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Nashville has spent 20 years mulling the idea of a civilian review board to investigate complaints against police officers. It’s most recent attempt made it farther than any other, but it collapsed on Tuesday when the Metro Council voted it down 25 to 5. But for advocates, the idea is still very much alive.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The proposal to create a police community oversight board in Nashville is teetering on the edge of failure. The legislation has been in the works for months, but recently it's been mired in legal concerns. And Tuesday's Metro Council meeting will decide its fate. 

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A proposal to create a community oversight board — an independent agency with the right to investigate citizen complaints about police — has been the subject of heated debate in Nashville.