Nashville launches Commission to address police use of force, relationship with community
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Saying no Nashville resident should “fear the police or the criminal justice system” Mayor John Cooper has launched what he’s calling a Policing Policy Commission.
Cooper says the Commission will review the Metro Police Department’s use of force policy. He also wants the panel to, his words, “reimagine how Nashville can build trust and enhance community safety.”
The mayor is asking for a report from the Commission by October. He wants to use the findings to help select the city’s next Chief of Police.
Among the questions Cooper wants the Commission to ask “What experiences have Nashvillians had with police use of force,” and “How does MNPD interact with people with mental illness.”
Cooper has also asked the Commission to weigh police concerns. He is specifically asking if the city needs to do more to address post-incident stress after an officer has witnessed or been involved in a violent incident.