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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation file on the fatal shooting of a Nashville man by a police officer has been handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s office for review. It’s the first time the feds have reexamined evidence in a fatal shooting by Metro Police. 


The state’s top law enforcement agency promised a complete and thorough investigation into the fatal shooting of a Nashville man by a city police officer. But a WPLN examination of a 600-page case file casts doubt on the thoroughness of the probe, and it reveals discrepancies between how the case was investigated and how officials have been describing their work for months.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The complete investigation file on the fatal shooting of a black man by a white metro police officer was released today. Among the 615 pages of material, is concern over how the man’s gun was handled at the scene and a single witness who claims the officer used a racial slur just moments after the shooting.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The first test for a new agreement between Metro Police and the District Attorney showed there's still some gray area in who leads investigations when a Nashville officer shoots someone. The topic is high on the agenda when DA Glenn Funk and police chief Steve Anderson meet for a mediation session with the mayor on Friday.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Although a Metro police officer will not face charges for the February shooting of an African-American man, District Attorney Glenn Funk is calling for changes.

The policy recommendations could affect how both law enforcement and the courts operate.

Funk determined last week that Officer Joshua Lippert acted in self-defense when he killed Jocques Clemmons after a traffic stop in East Nashville. But he adds there are some aspects of the shooting that raise questions.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Metro Police Officer Joshua Lippert will not face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons in February.

But he could still face discipline from the department. Some activists say there's plenty of evidence to suggest he should be fired.

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Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk says an eyewitness played a key part in his decision not to prosecute Officer Joshua Lippert for the February killing of Jocques Clemmons.

Without that account, he might not have ever determined whether Lippert acted in self-defense.

The woman has not been identified by name. Funk says she's a resident of the Cayce Homes complex and was in the parking lot as Lippert chased Clemmons shortly after noon on February 10.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s district attorney has cleared Metro Police Officer Joshua Lippert in the fatal shooting of a man in February.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Davidson County Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report for Jocques Clemmons, the man who was fatally shot by a Metro Police officer in the Cayce Homes last month. It confirms that Clemmons was shot twice in the back, and once in the hip.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Metro police are defending the actions of Officer Josh Lippert, who shot and killed a man after a brief scuffle Friday afternoon in the James Cayce public housing projects in East Nashville.