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Jocques Clemmons' family reacts to news officer will not be charged in death

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Jocques Clemmons' family spoke at the NAACP Nashville Branch on Thursday. (WSMV) Jocques Clemmons' family spoke at the NAACP Nashville Branch on Thursday. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The family of Jocques Clemmons and members of the Justice for Jocques Coalition gathered Thursday evening at the NAACP Nashville Branch after learning a Metro police officer would not be charged in Clemmons’ death.

At a news conference, the family began in prayer before chanting “no justice, no peace.”

Family members said they are still searching for closure and justice for Clemmons, vowing that “this fight is not over.”

Before the district attorney's press conference or any other announcement was made, the family and their two attorneys met with the district attorney at his office and learned Officer Joshua Lippert would not be charged for shooting and killing Clemmons on Feb. 10.

The district attorney’s office determined the shooting was justified and Lippert responded in self-defense.

Family members left that meeting in tears, upset and frustrated at the decision.

The family has called for Lippert to be prosecuted.

Rep. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville, has called for full transparency for weeks. She has been in contact with the family during the investigation.

“I hope that we learn from this incident and that Nashville never has to experience another death this way, that we never have to lose another young man from something so minor,” Gilmore said.

The family is upset but not completely surprised. The family’s attorneys told Channel 4 they felt Metro police would not offer an unbiased investigation and they were putting their hopes in the TBI’s independent investigation.

The Justice for Jocques Coalition will hold a town hall meeting on May 20. They have invited Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson to attend.

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