Metro chief accuses city workers of impersonating officers - WSMV News 4

Metro chief accuses city workers of impersonating officers

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville's police chief is accusing city workers of impersonating Metro police officers.

Chief Steve Anderson has questioned the credibility of the city's transportation licensing commission and has accused taxi and wrecker inspectors of breaking the law.

In a four-page letter to Transportation Licensing Commission Director Brian McQuistion, Anderson said, "... on April 3, 2012, I learned that Taxi inspectors were in possession of police badges, carrying firearms and were utilizing blue lights on their vehicles."

Anderson said when he addressed McQuistion about these concerns, the director was not forthcoming about how many badges were being used by his inspectors and did not surrender them all when asked.

As a result of the scandal, Metro police will not participate in any enforcement initiated by the Transportation Licensing Commission.

Channel 4 News visited McQuistion's office for comment, but the director would not do an interview.

"I don't think it would be helpful to the government or anyone else to respond to the media," McQuistion said.

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