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For the first time in the city's history, a Nashville police officer faces a charge of criminal homicide in connection with his duties.

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Davidson County voters are now set to decide this fall whether to create an independent board overseeing Metro Nashville Police, after the county election commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the referendum.

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In the wake of Nashville's second fatal police shooting in 18 months, Mayor David Briley says he's bringing in outside help to work on reforming the city's approach to policing. The initiative has been slow to get off the ground, but those involved say it's ramping up.

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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.

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Cell phone footage shot by bystanders showing sometimes violent police interactions with civilians has led to more discussions nationwide about whether officers should wear body cameras. In some cities, local law enforcement has resisted that idea.

But that’s not the case in Clarksville, where the police department has actually been one of its biggest supporters.

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Last weekend’s white nationalist rallies in Tennessee didn’t go down in infamy — but they may be remembered fondly in law enforcement circles. Just how large was the police presence?

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The Department of Justice is recommending that Nashville conduct a thorough study of its policing culture. The direction comes after a white Metro police officer fatally shot a black man earlier this year.

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A Nashville man could serve five years in prison for making violent threats against Tennessee law enforcement, even though some of what he said and posted online is protected by the First Amendment.         

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A Nashville man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to making online threats against law enforcement officers.

 

Robert Ellis Waddey was indicted earlier this year for posting menacing pictures on Instagram. One was of him holding a pistol with a state trooper’s car in the background. Others were of police officers shot and bleeding on the street. Captions included “only a dead cop is a good cop.”

 

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Nashville’s Police Department wants to bring back the neighborhood cop—on foot. It’s not an obvious choice for a sprawling city like Nashville. But it’s one that aims to put the community back into policing.

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